CandyCrisp® Apple

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Juicy and sweet as candy. Thought to be a descendant of Red Delicious, this tree regularly sports large fruit with a clean, sweet flavor. Tree is vigorous, upright, and a heavy bearer. Fruit has golden skin with a pink blush. Keeps up to four months in proper storage. Originates from Marlboro, New York. Introduced circa 2005. Cold-hardy. Ripens in early October. Pollinator required: Choose another apple variety. See Recommended Pollinators below. May be covered by USPP #17284 or other patents. GRE-1198 cultivar.

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Bloom Color White
Bloom Time Mid
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Large
Ripens/Harvest Early October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet
Texture Firm And Juicy
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 7

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 7
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:
Standard 18 - 20' tall x 18 - 20' wide
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15' tall x 12 - 15' wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Standard 18 - 20'
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15'


This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best pollination.

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

Learn all about how to grow apple trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
The crisp we wanted wasn???t available in dwarf
Adam F on Aug 22, 2020
JULONDA W on Apr 4, 2019
The crisp we wanted wasn???t available in dwarf
Adam F on Aug 22, 2020
New to me and sounds very interesting.
David N on Apr 25, 2019
JULONDA W on Apr 4, 2019
It is a variety I wanted to add to my home orchard.
JEREMIAH P on Mar 22, 2019
Sweet factor
LeeAnn V on Mar 2, 2019
An interesting twist in the description also will help pollinate Honeycrisp which I have grown before.
Darren E on Mar 1, 2019
These re delicious.
EDITH C. on Feb 18, 2019
Per the description, I decide to try this variety.
Jahmaker on Feb 11, 2019
Have purchased your apple trees and have never had a problem
Butch on Feb 10, 2019
Looks like a good apple for farmers market
David B on Jan 8, 2019
An October apple
Richard H on Jan 3, 2019
Hoping to have delicious apples (to eat and share) that I know where they came from, what went into them (organic/natural), and to save a bit of money instead of paying at the grocery for something I'm not sure about.
Danica F on Jun 9, 2018
If you like honey crisp apple you are really going to like candy crisp apple they are sweet apples
Joseph C on Dec 24, 2017
Sweetest Apple available recommended by on line chat.
DANIEL D on Oct 30, 2017
I have one other CandyCrisp Apple, that I ordered from Stark Brothers previously and am extremely pleased with the tree. I have ordered 90% of all of my fruit trees from Stark Brothers Nursery and, in my opinion, they are among the best of fruit nurseries in the country.
Alan H on May 31, 2017
I am intrigued by the description of this apple. I am hoping for another winner, just like other new varieties that I bought from Stark Brothers. I would like to add that I have been buying trees from Stark Brothers for over 30 years and have yet to be disappointed.
ROGER S on Apr 30, 2017
I let my 3 year old daughter choose an apple tree for herself and this is the one she has chosen.
Starr R on Apr 21, 2017
Disease resistant, cold hardy, and description
Richard N on Mar 4, 2017
SHERRIE L on Feb 28, 2017
Adding a little sweet to the cider mix!
Tom G on Feb 23, 2017
Heard from other people that this variety was outstanding for eating!
SHANNON F on Jun 20, 2016
I've purchased CandyCrisp at the grocery and love the flavor. Wanted to try to grow my own.
BRENDA V on Jun 5, 2016
Have other honey crisp apple planted. Excited to try this variety.
Harry H on May 19, 2016
Stark's always tell you in their descriptions exactly what your getting
Al L on May 1, 2016
Planting near a somewhat busy road at front of the property, so having a variety with ripe fruit that aren't so red and showy might help deter folks who tend to help themselves as they pass by.
Scott F on Apr 25, 2016
I have a Honey Crisp so I wanted to add another variety with similar attributes. This one should go well with the other varieties we already grow.
Gardner H B on Apr 24, 2016
Tasty apple , have a few already that have done great in my mountain top orchard, 3500 ft above sea level , NC
TONY M on Apr 12, 2016
I took my family to a "you pick it" apple orchard and of all the apples I tried there this was my family's favorite. Now I can have a tree of my own.
LOAN K on Mar 13, 2016
I would like use this tree for espalier.
Peter Alex D on Feb 29, 2016
New to me and sounds very interesting.
David N on Apr 25, 2019
It is a variety I wanted to add to my home orchard.
JEREMIAH P on Mar 22, 2019
I was hoping to buy a Honey Gold tree from you but you are out. Is the Candy Crisp a very similar apple and is it truly hardy enough for a climate like we have in Minneapolis? Very cold winters, hot and humid summers.
lisbeth p on Apr 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I'll tell you what I know so far.

We bought Candy Crisp apples at the historic building in Louisiana two years in a row. They truly are crisp and very sweet. No offense intended to Minnesota University, but we like Candies better than Honeycrisp.

An ice storm bent one of our year old Candies all the way over until the tip was iced to the ground. This spring it is growing straight and tall again. It was a whip one year ago and is now over six feet tall. They are a yellowish color and rather large from a mature tree. We kept the Candies purchased from Stark headquarters in a dedicated fridge at 40 degrees and the few that remain after 6 months are still crisp and sweet.

We look forward to enjoying Candies from our own trees Ina few years.
Does the Candycrisp Apple have any resistance to diseases?
Gabriel G on Feb 19, 2020
BEST ANSWER: My tree is still young, not fruiting yet, so i have no input on fruit being disease resistant but the tree limbs and leaves appear fine after 2 yrs in buffalo ny weather.
Can CandyCrisp Apple grow in a pot or over size half whisky barrel ?
Charles Michael on Apr 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Hi Mike......I strongly doubt that it would be a happy tree with its roots that constricted. The general rule with fruit trees is that their root ball equals the expanse of their branches above ground. (At least ???hat is my understanding). Even the dwarf expands well over the diameter of a whisky barrel. Hope this helps. Mary
Why won't Candy Crisp bloom?
Joyce E on Sep 19, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. First, do a soil test to check the pH (it should be between 5.5 - 6.5 for apple trees) and see which nutrients it might be missing. Then fertilize accordingly. Is the tree getting at least 6 hours of full sun? Are your trees compatible pollinators, or the same variety? If the latter, that's why you're not getting a crop. There are other reasons a tree might not be bearing fruit as you expect. This article details some basic fruit tree requirements for fruit production.

how long to bare (years) aples?
darlene m on May 13, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. You can find the years-to-bear information in the Characteristics section, near the top of the page, underneath the description. This tree takes 2-4 years to bear.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
What are your best disease-resistant apple trees?
TODD Y on Mar 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Here are the disease-resistant apple trees we have - there is also a money-saving collection. // the collection that includes proper pollinators so you don't have to figure it out: //
What are the best uses for candy crisp?
Mrs L M on Nov 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: This is a great all-purpose apple - picked at the right time, it can taste much like a pear and you can use it accordingly. CandyCrisp is good for fresh eating, baking, sauce and juice, even in a cider blend.
Please provide the apple semi - dwarf rootstock # for the spur apple varieties?
Richard H on Oct 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We are unable to guarantee a specific rootstock in our Retail Department. However, our Customer Support Team might be able to help you determine the probable rootstock or rootstocks used on this year???s crop. Please contact us at 800.325.4180.
Can I grow a dwarf Candy Crisp or Honey crisp apple tree in a container or pot on my balcony?
Pegeen E on May 28, 2018
I'm just beginning to grow apple trees, but I've found that Stark's has a wonderful section called the Growing Guide that's very helpful. I believe they say that you *can* grow dwarf fruit trees in pots, and give specific recommended pot sizes. I think you'll have to be aware of the tree's growth, and increase the pot size accordingly. Also, you'll need to look into proper fertilizing to keep the tree healthy.
I hope this helps, and that you enjoy your own apples!

Karen H.
Can I use this Apple to pollinate my honey crisp Apple tree?
Antwane W on Apr 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it can. They are in the same flowering group.
Does candycrisp Apple form on short spurs or tips?
Hppycmpr on Apr 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: CandyCrisp is a spur-bearing tree.
Will a CandyCrisp pollinate a Kindercrisp, successfully as just two trees in a yard?
Robin B on Jan 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: CandyCrisp and KinderCrisp will pollinate one another because they have similar bloom times. It's a perfect pair of apples trees if that's all you have in your yard.
Is candy crisp resistant to cedar apple rust and fireblight?
William M on Feb 25, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately, is somewhat susceptible to both. Here are three solid varieties, all with good disease-resistance: //
Will Golden Delicious pollinate a Candycrisp?
Robert L on Feb 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it certainly will.
Could this be polinated by any of the columnar apple tree varieties?
Nikol M on Feb 22, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. If the product you inquired about can not be found in the Pollination Requirements section of the page, please contact Customer Support at 800.325.4180

Customer Reviews

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I have also liked the service and good products from stark bros. many of my friends and family have also bought from them for year. Not only do they have quality but they also have hard to find varieties. I originally planted Liberty apples, that I love, but I needed a good cross pollinator. I called and the rep recommended Candicrisp. I explained I wanted a very disease resistant variety like liberty and specifically battle with cedar rust. Well, the candicrisps (supreme) I orders were even larger and more vigorous than I expected on arrival and planting. I was not happy to find out however that they became covered in rust. The liberty's showed very little if any. Not pleased, maybe no other variety can hold up to liberty and be a good cross pollinator but I am mostly unhappy that I had high hopes for the Candicrisp because of the recommendation and Those were dashed. The plants are in the second year and growing well but just TODAY I checked them and found the beginnings of widespread rust infestation. The libertys, almost nothing... 20 ft away...
May 13, 2016
over 6 years ago
Died Very Quickly
Lasted about 4 months and looked weak the whole time. I take care of all my apple trees (I have about 1 acre of apples, 10 different varieties), including regular weeding, fertilizing, and watering as well as organic spraying as needed. I won't buy another Candycrisp.
May 18, 2016
over 6 years ago
It died. All three of them succumbed. Planted them the same as always. Not sure why they didn't survive.
May 18, 2017
over 5 years ago
Beautiful Apple
CandyCrisp drew attention in the orchard last fall with its golden blush color shimmering in the sun. Wonderful flavor and a favorite.
March 11, 2016
over 5 years ago
Like it so far...
I must say that it arrived in a timely fashion and definitely pruned right! It so far survived a open cold winter of extreme temperature swings. It also leafed out and flowered late missing a May 10 and 11 frost date considering it's on the south side of house and trees! No apples as of yet! I can't wait for a taste this apple though....... For hardiness a 5 star rating!
May 22, 2016
over 6 years ago
CandyCrisp Apple
My CandyCrisp is a nice looking apple tree but after two years, it still must be too young to have any blossoms. It's growing good despite the hot weather we are having in northern Michigan and the lack of rain. Maybe some fruit next season?
August 5, 2016
over 6 years ago
CandyCrisp Apple
The candy crisp apple tree is wonderful. It's a great producer with sweet earring apples, that are pick able in mid September. We have about 100 trees and this tree is the one closest to the road and neighbors come by and pick an occasional fruit and remark how great they taste.
May 18, 2016
over 6 years ago
CandyCrisp apple
Meets all expectations, already putting out little apples.
May 13, 2016
over 6 years ago
Sturdy stock
Out of the various apples I have planted, the candycrisp has shown the strongest growth rate the earliest stage. It also takes very well to Espalier.
June 4, 2018
over 3 years ago
Sooo very sweet!! So glad I got them!! Only wish I bought them sooner! :-)
May 24, 2016
over 5 years ago