Honeycrisp apple trees

  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
  • Gardening skill: Easy
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4

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.

Honeycrisp apple trees for sale

Item
Mature height*
Price
Quantity
1-year Honeycrisp apple trees bare-root
G.11 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Honeycrisp apple trees bare-root
G.935, M.7, G.210, G.969 rootstock
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Honeycrisp apple trees bare-root
Antonovka rootstock
Full-size (16ft-24ft) mature height
$29.00

We are between seasons at the moment. You can pre-order trees now for delivery when the new season starts (fall for warmer zones, or next spring), you won't be asked to pay until nearer the time.

*Find out more about the apple rootstocks we use to control the mature height.


How to grow

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.

Historical details

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.

Honeycrisp characteristics

Using

  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style (apples): Sweeter
  • Discoloring: Oxidising
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Easy
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Weak growing
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Bearing regularity: Regular
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Organic culture: Suitable

Problems

  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Cedar apple rust: Some susceptibility
  • Fireblight: Some resistance
  • Mildew: Some susceptibility
  • Scab: Very resistant
  • Bitter pit: Some susceptibility

Climate

  • Cold hardiness (USDA): (3) -40F / -40C (4) -30F / -34C (5) -20F / -29C (6) -10F / -23C (7) 0F / -18C (8) 10F / -12C (9) 20F / -7C (10) 30F / -1C
  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F) Hot (>30C / 86F) Cold (< 20C / 67F)

Identification

  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Orange / Red