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A modern apple in high demand. Outstanding fresh-eating qualities make this variety an American favorite. Fruit is aromatic and sweet as honey with an explosively juicy, crisp texture. Grow this naturally compact tree even in small spaces. Cold-hardy. Ripens in early September. Pollinator required: Choose another early or mid-blooming apple variety, like Starkspur® Red Rome Beauty, Stark® Jon-A-Red® Jonathan, or any Golden Delicious. See more Recommended Pollinators below.

Calcium improves fruit quality and is especially helpful in growing Honeycrisp apple trees.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest Early September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Excellent, Sweet
Texture Crisp, Juicy
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 3 - 6

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 6
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15' Tall X 12 - 15' Wide
Dwarf 8 - 10' Tall X 8 - 10' Wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15'
Dwarf 8 - 10'

Recommended Pollinators

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following within 50' for optimum pollination.

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Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Have other apple trees, wanted to add this because of the sweet taste.
Deborah E on Oct 14, 2016
They are the best tasting apples!
JOSEPH B on Oct 7, 2016
Have other apple trees, wanted to add this because of the sweet taste.
Deborah E on Oct 14, 2016
Bought this same one 4 years ago. Planted in the fall and had 3 huge apples the following summer! That winter a big Northeaster broke it off at the graft. So I'm trying again.
DENNIS M C on Oct 10, 2016
They are the best tasting apples!
JOSEPH B on Oct 7, 2016
Best eating apple ever
RICHARD S on Oct 5, 2016
Because they are the best apple I've ever eaten.
Dan L on Sep 30, 2016
Honeycrisp are so delicious! They are crisp, moist, and should grow well here in Denver.
Robert E on Sep 26, 2016
I absolutely Love the taste of Honeycrisp Apples, and I'm hoping that the little tree will do well. I have a Rome Beauty as a companion for pollination, if it takes.
MARGARET L F on Sep 19, 2016
grandma's favorite
THOMAS S on Sep 14, 2016
Tired of paying the outlandish super market prices for this variety. Wonderful eating apple. You can't go wrong with a Honeycrisp.
Edy F on Sep 7, 2016
the variety was recommended by Oregon State University Extension Service Publication EC 1622-E titled "Selecting fruit tree varieties for Central Oregon landscaping and home orchards". I also have heard many people talking about this variety.
vicky k on Sep 7, 2016
This is our favorite eating apple, and we drive to Michigan during growing season every other year to buy and bring home these apples. We simply love them, so I wanted to have them in my own back yard!
JOHNNY B on Jul 11, 2016
My absolute favorite apple ever!!!!!!
ANDREA C on Jul 4, 2016
Our family favorite
Rick G on Jul 2, 2016
we have people as us for this apple and would like to try it
Elizabeth B on Jun 8, 2016
zone 3
Fred P on Jun 5, 2016
my son likes these
THOMAS K on Jun 5, 2016
It's my favorite Apple
Leah B on Jun 5, 2016
My Favorite apple!! SO happy to find this tree! Can't wait for the day it begins to bear fruit! My honey bees should love the blossoms too :)
Danielle D on Jun 4, 2016
My wife's favorite apple--crisp, tart--great eating apple.
buzz on Jun 3, 2016
Love the taste and texture!
Anthony D on Jun 2, 2016
My spouse likes honeycrisp
Tammy D on Jun 2, 2016
My daughter worked fro Knouse Foods and this is the best apple from there orchards!
LEEESTA S on Jun 1, 2016
Very good tasting apple and it's harder for a cold climate.
KATHRYN H on May 26, 2016
to pollinate wolf river tree and for eating
Betty D on May 24, 2016
amazing tasting apples, the best there is.
RONALD F on May 18, 2016
They're delicious!
Derrik W on May 18, 2016
Best apples! I'm adding to my collection
Ashley W on May 17, 2016
Its awfully hard not to love Honeycrisp Apples. End of story.
Bright D on May 16, 2016
The Honeycrisp apples are the best out there and the dwarf ones are the perfect size to have around the house.
JAMES K on May 15, 2016
my favorite apple in the whole wide world
Tracey J on May 15, 2016
One of my favorite fresh eating apples.
GARY O on May 15, 2016
My favorite Apple!!!
CHARLENE C on May 11, 2016
Probably tied with Zestar for my all time favorite flavor. Also love Cortlands.
CORINE R on May 10, 2016
Will bear fruit at my moms ice farm on Hoth.
Jonny D on May 8, 2016
This is my daughter's favorite apple.
GREG G on May 8, 2016
Honeycrisps are perfect for our zone (4B) and have the perfect balance of sweet and tart.
Sam P on May 6, 2016
My wifes favorite apple
James R on May 5, 2016
Agree with last comment posted. Best damn apple around.
HAL P on May 5, 2016
The best damn apple around
theodore s on May 4, 2016
my absolute favorite apple
James I on May 4, 2016
Love these apples
Loretta M M on May 3, 2016
taste of the apples
Paul M on May 3, 2016
Large fruit, great taste and cold hardy tree
Evan S on May 2, 2016
Favorite apple of my 2 great Nieces
Cheryl G on May 2, 2016
Favorite "new" Apple. Can't get enough of them, and they are super expensive in our grocery stores...I've seen $5.49/lb!
Elise I on Apr 30, 2016
Always The Best - But Customers Like Variety - But If I Had a Choice Every Tree Would Be The Drawf HONEYCRISP!
Jane R on Apr 30, 2016
love Honeycrisp Apples. Wanted a Regent apple but you don't have them.
Ann L on Apr 28, 2016
Honeycrisp apples are my family's favorite eating apple.
Carolyn F on Apr 27, 2016
Climate zone compatibility 3A
I love honeycrisp
Chris Y on Apr 27, 2016
cost to much in the stores
william b on Apr 26, 2016
Bought this same one 4 years ago. Planted in the fall and had 3 huge apples the following summer! That winter a big Northeaster broke it off at the graft. So I'm trying again.
DENNIS M C on Oct 10, 2016
Best eating apple ever
RICHARD S on Oct 5, 2016
When does this tree bloom, and when does it produce fruit?
Tim H on Apr 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Honeycrisp blooms in the early season for apples, starting about 2-5 years after planting. The fruit ripens around September.
which apples are compatible with honeycrisp apples for zone 3b?
Jessica T on Mar 2, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Try KinderKrisp, Wolf River, or Yellow Transparent. Even edible crabapples like Chestnut or Whitney will work.
Does the Honey Crisp dwarf apple produce fruit EVERY year ?
Allan L on Apr 20, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Most Apple trees will bear every other year unless you thin them by culling immature apples until there are only one or two per cluster. If you do that the remaining apples will be larger and the tree will bear every year. The University of Minnesota Extension website is an excellent resource for additional information.
My hardiness zone is 7A. Honey crisps are recommended in zones 3-6. What will happen if I plant honey crisps anyway?
Randy W on Sep 9, 2016
I am looking at dwarf trees that I can keep in containers because I rent. Would the honey crisp apple grow well in a container?
Shaina M on Feb 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes. Choose a container that has plenty of drainage holes to manage excess water. Be sure to start with a container size that accommodates the tree???s current root system with room to grow. Water when the soil in the container becomes dry to the touch below the surface. We have a series on growing fruit trees in containers, which starts here:
Will the honeycrisp apple tree bear fruit in a shady area?
Laura K on Mar 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It might, but a shady area is not an ideal location for an apple tree. Light has a lot to do with fruit-bud production and the overall quality of the fruit.
After the tree has been in the ground for a year. Does it need fertilized?
Beth M on Mar 24, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes Best results with a fertilizer for fruit trees.
can I split a 4" pvc pipe and place around my tree trunks and remove it when the trees are more mature? I plan on placing the halves together with hose clamps for easy removal later.
Steve T on Mar 16, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I believe that you could do this. My only concern would be airflow/ mold, so I would just drill holes in the PVC pipe prior to attaching. And of course be sure to check how the tree is growing so that it doesn't get constrictive as the tree grows. Good luck and good idea!
Any success growing Honey Crisp in Oklahoma? I want to give it a shot. How tall will the dwarf & semi dwarf trees grow?
Ben H on Oct 10, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I planted a honey crisp and gala and am in the process of espaliering them. Being it is only the second year of growth there is no fruit but the growth of trunk and limbs have been above expectations. We'll see if it blooms next year as it takes 3-5 years for fruit.
Is the Virginia clay soil best for this tree?
Shawn G on May 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I have pretty thick clay soil in Indiana, too, but this tree is doing great! Good stock!
Can I plant a honey crisp in the back yard and the pollinator in the front?
Sheila W on Oct 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: That would depend upon the size of the lot. Pollinators need to be within 50' of one another or pollination won't be as effective, if at all.
Can I reliably pollinate this Honeycrisp Apple Tree with a nearby Red Baron Crab?
Dave D on Sep 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Both are mid-season bloomers, should your Red Baron should do the job. If you have any white-flowering crabapples nearby, any of those will serve as excellent pollinators for Honeycrisy???.
Why won't a Honey Crisp Apple grow and do well in zone 8B?
Wade R on Sep 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. The reason is "chill hours." Many fruit varieties require a certain number of hours in a certain range of temperatures in order to go dormant, and then start their production cycle all over again. Honeycrisp???'s estimated chill hours are 800-1,000 hours below 45??F. If your zone doesn't reliably have those kind of temperatures, your tree will not produce fruit.
I planted a Honeycrisp and Crimson Crisp in fall of 2011. This year, both trees put on fruit. I was super excited, as each tree had about 20 apples each. I watched them carefully, sprayed for bugs (plumb carrillo is a big problem). About mid-July, I walked out to find EVERY ONE of the honey crisp apples to be eaten by the green japanese beetles! THEY were COVERED! Every piece of fruit was ruined, but the beetles DID NOT eat my Crimson apples. As of today, August 6, the Crimson apples are still OK. The Honeycrisp tree was devoured. Every leaf skeletonized. I am quite disappointed that I will not get to taste the Honeycrisp this year. Why did the beatles just attack the one tree and not the other? They also devoured every one of my nectarines too...two trees full of fruit...
Kristina C on Aug 6, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Just like people, pests can have their "favorites" and it sounds like Honeycrisp (and your nectarines) are what Japanese beetles prefer there. For next year, I'd recommend continuing what you did this past year, with the addition of using garden netting that keeps big-bug pests (and birds) out of your trees. You may also want to consider netting your CrimsonCrisp apple tree to protect this year's fruit so that the Japanese beetles don't just move onto that tree next. You can read about using garden netting here:
I purchased two apple trees this spring; honey crisp and Ben Davis. Are they compatible pollinators for zone 3b?
Linda P on Jun 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: The zone range for both varieties includes zone 3. Pollination is separate from hardiness zone, but Ben Davis and Honeycrisp will be able to cross-pollinate one another.
We have several young apple trees planted last fall. We suspect they have Cedar Apple Rust fungus. What is the recommended treatment?
Michael H on Jun 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: While an early-season fungicide spray may help reduce the symptoms of cedar-apple rust, it's not going to fully control the issue. The "best" method is the removal of the cedar trees in the area, which is not always feasible. Fortunately, in many cases, cedar-apple rust isn't severe enough to cause concern/problems, but (especially if your trees show signs of severe susceptibility) you may want to reach out to your area's extension service for more local advice.
Can I use another honey crisp tree as a pollinator?
Tammy B on Mar 17, 2016
BEST ANSWER: You need a second variety to serve as a pollinator. We have a list of recommended pollinators for Honeycrisp apple trees here:
Is it enough to plant one Jonathan Apple tree to pollinate two Honey crisp trees?
Zoya L on Mar 5, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question! Yes, one Jonathan will be enough to pollinate two Honeycrisp.
Will this tree produce fruit in zone A7 if we have a cold winter?
david h on Feb 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. You are in the cooler part of Zone 7, which is close to Zone 6. This variety may or may not thrive for you. If you have an exceptionally warm summer, the tree may not survive.

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Nope for SW Missouri
I bought my Dwarf Honeycrisp Apple tree in 2010, at the same time I bought the Dwarf Jonathon Apple. They are just a few feet apart. The Jonathon Apple is in its third year of blooming and it's looking like we'll get a decent crop for the first time.

The Honeycrisp gets the same care as the Jonathon, is pruned carefully, fertilized, in the same soil, and gets the same sun. And it's never even bloomed. On top of that, it's just not as vigorous a tree. While it's grown and puts out new growth every year, it's not as big as the Jonathon.

My suspicion is that this is a temperamental variety of tree and that it needs really specific conditions to produce. I would not recommend this tree to the novice.
April 1, 2016
Honey crisp apple tree...
We have had our tree for several years. Apples are huge and very sweet & delicious (but not too sweet). I would say that this kind of apple is best for fresh eating though. Only stores for 2-3 months (kept in cool basement. No problems with late freeze (Chicago area). I would definitely recommend this variety!
March 16, 2016
Honey crisp apple trees
The bare root trees I ordered from Stark Brothers came in excellent condition, and already pruned. I set them out in the fall of 2015, so I am excited to see them sprout this spring! So far, so good! Thanks Stark Brothers for the high quality and also for the helpful tips and videos to help us amateurs.
February 22, 2016
1 year ago
They are flowering this year!
I planted my bare root trees two summers ago and this year they are blooming! I couldn't be happier with my purchase from Stark Bro's.
May 5, 2016
over 2 years ago
Hard to Know Yet
I've had a dwarf Honeycrisp for 3 years now, and we don't even have any flowers yet. I do fertilize as suggested.
May 14, 2016
over 2 years ago
Jonagold and Honeycrisp
The honeycrisp and Jonagold apple trees that I planted last spring got off to a good start. For some reason the Jonagold died last fall. You have sent me a replacement. Thanks
May 16, 2016
1 year ago
Honeycrisp Apple
My Stark Bros trees arrived in great shape. These guys know how to get a healthy tree to my front door. Nice blooms last summer. After pruning this spring I am getting wonderful robust new growth.
May 22, 2016
1 year ago
Honeycrisp Trees
I placed them in water for a couple of days until I could plant them and they started to bud. I planted them and they are doing fine. It pays to purchase the more developed trees.
May 24, 2016
1 year ago
strong surviver
I have deer coming to my unfenced backyard almost every night, and they snipped all the tips off as soon as any new baby leaves came out last year. It still alive and come back this spring. :) Happy for that. may fruiting spurs I'm seeing, so, hopefully next year it will fruits...(and the deer will get them first ...)
May 10, 2016
1 year ago
Honeycrisp Apple
I ordered 2 apple trees,one didn't make it last yr.
They sent me a replacement and there both budding this yr.
Thank you Starkbros.
May 16, 2016
over 2 years ago
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