Honeycrisp is a very attractive high quality apple with a predominantly sweet flavor. It lives up to its name - it is a remarkably crisp apple and one of the outstanding new apples of the late 20th century. The flavor is excellent, with a rich sweetness and good balancing acidity.
The apples are medium-to-large in size, with a light green/yellow background largely covered with red-orange flush occasionally with a hint of pink. They keep well in storage, and retain their unique crispness.
Shipping starts in March 2015.
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Delivery discounts. Prices are for individual trees excluding delivery. There is no minimum quantity but it is cost effective to order in multiples of 4 trees.
Delivery period: Trees are delivered in March and April. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in a warm zone (e.g. Southern California, Alabama etc.) Fall delivery is possible. More details on our spring shipping schedule by state.
*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.
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Honeycrisp is in flowering group 4. Honeycrisp is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby.
Honeycrisp was developed to be cold-hardy and is a good variety for colder apple-growing regions, where its crispness and sweetness are enhanced - although it likes a warm fall season. It is one of the most cold-hardy of all apple varieties.
However don't think this means it won't grow in the southern states - Honeycrisp has a wide climate range and seems quite at home in warmer zones. Although we normally suggest up to Zone 8, it can be grown in even warmer zones such as southern California.
The well-balanced flavor can become bland if the tree is allowed to over-crop - and Honeycrisp does tend to over-crop if given a chance. This can also lead to pre-harvest drop, a particular issue with Honeycrisp in warmer areas. So whilst this is not a tree that requires thinning if outright production is your goal, if you want the best flavor then thin the fruitlets as soon as they have formed.
Honeycrisp is known for its excellent scab-resistance. It appears to have some resistance to fireblight as well, but if you are in a fireblight area the University of Minnesotal recommends avoiding growing it on susceptible dwarf English M-series rootstocks. It is probably best grown on the G-series rootstocks which have much better fireblight resistance.
It is a good idea to let Honeycrisp trees reach their full size before allowing cropping to begin, so remove any fruitlets that might form in the early years.
Honeycrisp was introduced in the 1990s by the University of Minnesota. It has uncertain origins but is probably distantly related to Keepsake and hence Northern Spy, a traditional American variety.
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