Pixie Crunch apple trees

Pixie Crunch
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Gardening skill: Easy
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4

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 Crunch apple trees for sale

Item
Mature height*
Price
Quantity
1-year Pixie Crunch apple trees bare-root
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Pixie Crunch apple trees bare-root
G.210, G.935, G.969 rootstock
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Pixie Crunch apple trees bare-root
MM.111 rootstock
Large (10ft-14ft) mature height
$29.00
1-year Pixie Crunch 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

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 Crunch characteristics

Using

  • Picking season: Mid
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style (apples): Sweet/Sharp
  • Fruit persistence: Ripens over a period

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Easy
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 4
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • Organic culture: Suitable

Problems

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

Climate

  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)

Identification

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