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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. Best pollinators: Cortland, Stark® GrandGala™ or Stark® Jon-A-Red® Jonathan. May be covered by patent (U.S.P.P. application filed). Greiner 1198 cultivar.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Pollinator Needed
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:
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.

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
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
Disease resistant, cold hardy, and description
Richard N on Mar 4, 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
Anthony 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
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
SHERRIE L on Feb 28, 2017
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.
Can CandyCrisp Apple grow in a pot or over size half whisky barrel ?
mike h 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
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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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
1 year 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 2 years ago
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 2 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 2 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 2 years ago
Nice, but not the most vigorous
This tree is getting there. This is its second full year in the ground, so I didn't expect fruit, but it isn't going to set any land speed records for growth either. However, it is healthy, and it is growing, so I am happy. Had some issues with scab on my MacIntosh and another tree, but this little guy seems rather unaffected, so that is GREAT!
August 15, 2016
over 2 years ago
Sooo very sweet!! So glad I got them!! Only wish I bought them sooner! :-)
May 24, 2016
over 2 years ago
CandyCrisp apple
Meets all expectations, already putting out little apples.
May 13, 2016
over 2 years ago
Another winner!!
Planted a couple of these. Not much fruit yet but I still like honey crisp better!!
July 23, 2016
over 2 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 2 years ago
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