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Honeycrisp apple tree

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

  • 1Small 1-year bare-root tree $33.75
    Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
    G.11 rootstock
  • 2Medium 1-year bare-root tree $33.75
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
    G.30, G.935 rootstock
  • 3Large 1-year bare-root tree $33.75
    Mature height: 10ft-16ft after 10 years
    MM.111 rootstock

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 using fireblight-resistant rootstocks, such as the Geneva series.

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.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

Honeycrisp was introduced in the 1990s by the University of Minnesota. It is related to Keepsake and distantly related to Northern Spy, a traditional American cold-hardy apple variety.

Honeycrisp characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group4
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • Picking seasonLate
  • UsesEating fresh
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
  • Flavor style (apples)Sweeter
  • General resistanceGood
  • FireblightSome resistance
  • ScabVery resistant
  • Cedar apple rustSome susceptibility
  • MildewSome susceptibility
  • 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 maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)Hot (>30C / 86F)Cold (< 20C / 67F)
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colorOrange / Red