Fall 2014 / Spring 2015 seasonWe are now taking provisional orders for fall 2014 shipping (warmer zones only) or spring 2015. 

Pixie CrunchTM Apple trees

  • Pick: Mid-season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Uses: Eat fresh 
  • Disease-resistance: Good

Pixie Crunch is a modern disease-resistant apple with a really excellent flavor and, as the name suggests, a crunchy crisp texture. Whilst the texture is great, it is the sweet flavor with a slight hint of tartness which leaps out at you and marks this variety out from the rest. There is no doubt this is a very desirable apple.

The name Pixie Crunch was chosen to reflect the relatively small size and crisp flesh of this apple. It is certainly much smaller than modern rivals such as Honeycrisp, and whilst commercial growers may feel this leads to smaller yields, we think most backyard orchardists will welcome an apple that isn't too big to eat in one go.

Pixie Crunch makes a great choice for the home grower as the apples stay fresh on the tree for several weeks.

Please note that Pixie Crunch is a trademarked and patented variety, and purchasers agree not to propagate or distribute the trees. In addition, customer address details may be made available to the licence holder if requested.

Pixie CrunchTM is a trademarked variety.

Order now for fall 2014 (warm zones) or spring 2015.

Pixie Crunch apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Small  (6ft - 9ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.41 rootstock  (dwarf) $29.00 Sold outalert me
Large  (9ft - 12ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.30 rootstock  (semi-vigorous) $31.00 Sold outalert me
Medium  (8ft - 10ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.202 rootstock  (semi-dwarf) $29.00 Sold outalert me
Large  (9ft - 12ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.890 rootstock  (semi-vigorous)less than 5 in stock $29.00

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.

Summary features of Pixie Crunch

    Growing

  • Gardening skill: Easy?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Ripens over a period?
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?
  • Scab: Very resistant?
  • Mildew: Some susceptibility?
  • Fireblight: Some susceptibility?
  • Cedar apple rust: Very susceptible?

    Identification

  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Best sellers?

    Climate

  • Warm climates?
  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters


Pollination guide for Pixie Crunch

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

How to grow Pixie Crunch apple trees

Pixie Crunch is a very new apple with excellent scab resistance. However it is best avoided in areas prone to cedar apple rust or fireblight as it is slightly susceptible, although fireblight resistance is improved if using a resistant rootstock (e.g. the Geneva or G-series rootstocks).

Try not to allow the tree to over-crop as it has a slight tendency to become a biennial bearer.

Harvesting can take place over a period of 2-3 weeks - useful if you like to eat apples fresh from the tree.


Historical details

Pixie Crunch was developed in a breeding program involving Purdue, Rutgers and Illinois universities, beginning in 1971. It was known as "Co-op 33" during this period, and subsequently released under the trademarked name Pixie Crunch.

As with most modern apples, the pedigree is complex but several of the crosses involve Rome Beauty, a variety well-known for its good productivity, pleasing clean appearance, and generally sound disease resistance. Pixie Crunch seems to inherit these attractive qualities, but its crisp sweet flavor probably come from one of its other ancestors, Golden Delicious. It has to be said that Pixie Crunch is far more than the sum of its parts, its texture and flavor make this is one of the best modern apples.

Pixie CrunchTM is a trademarked variety.


Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Pixie Crunch'




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