Keepsake apple trees

Keepsake apple tree
  • Pick: Very late-season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Uses: Eat fresh 
  • Disease-resistance: Good

Keepsake is a late-ripening winter apple with a good strong apple flavor - at its best in mid-winter. The apples have a full rich flavor, and a juicy crisp texture.

Keepsake was released in the 1980s but did not achieve much commercial success, perhaps because the apples can be a bit uneven. However the combination of good flavor and disease-resistance makes it a good choice for the backyard orchard, particularly in the northern states.

Last orders for delivery to CA to reach us by 31st March

Keepsake apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Small  (6ft - 9ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.11 rootstock  (dwarf) $29.00 Sold outalert me
Large  (9ft - 12ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.30 rootstock  (semi-vigorous) $29.00 Sold outalert me

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.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

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Summary features of Keepsake


  • Gardening skill: Easy?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Slightly large?
  • Precocity: Precocious?
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?
  • Fireblight: Some resistance?
  • Cedar apple rust: Some resistance?



  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Orange flush
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green


  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters

Pollination guide for Keepsake

Keepsake is in flowering group 4. Keepsake is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Keepsake apple trees

Keepsake is easy to grow, and has good disease-resistance. The only real issue is a tendency to over-crop, which can lead to biennial bearing (fruiting every other year). This can be prevented by carefully thinning the fruitlets in early June.

Historical details

Keepsake was developed by the University of Minnesota and released in 1978. It is perhaps best-known as one of the parents of Honeycrisp, which inherits Keepsake's excellent disease-resistance.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Keepsake'