SunCrispTM apple trees

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

SunCrisp is a late-season quality eating apple, with an excellent pedigree. It has a crisp flesh and finely-balanced and interesting sweet-sharp flavors. There is sometimes a slight aniseed note, which is often the hallmark of more sophisticated apples.

SunCrisp can be kept in a domestic fridge for several months, and further flavor nuances will develop in storage.

SunCrisp apple trees for sale

Mature height*
1-year SunCrisp apple trees bare-root
G.11 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height

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

How to grow

SunCrisp has a slight tendency to lapse into biennial bearing as it gets older. This can be prevented by actively thinning the fruitlets in June.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

SunCrisp was developed during the 1960s by Rutgers University, New Jersey, under the designation NJ55. It was released in 1994.

Suncrisp is a cross between Golden Delicious x (Cox's Orange Pippin x Cortland). It thus unites three major apple families - Golden Delicious, Cox, and McIntosh (parent of Cortland). Although disease-resistance was often the key goal of apple breeding programs in the latter half of the 20th century, the goal with SunCrisp seems to have been to achieve the best flavor.

SunCrisp characteristics


  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Eating fresh Juice
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
  • Flavor style (apples): Sweeter


  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Precocity: Precocious
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Average
  • Fireblight: Some susceptibility
  • Scab: Some resistance


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


  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit color: Yellow / Orange
  • Fruit size: Average
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