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CrimsonCrisp® Apple

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A fresh eating favorites! These excellent apples keep for 4-6 months in proper storage. Deep crimson skin covers sweet, crisp, subacid yellow flesh. Tree is upright with a round canopy. Introduced circa 2004. Disease-resistant to apple scab. Ripens early to mid-September. Best pollinators: GoldRush, Honeycrisp or Starkspur® Red Rome Beauty. CrimsonCrisp™ is being offered under license from Adams County Nursery, Inc. May be covered by USPP #16,622 or other patents. Co-op 39 cultivar.


Bloom Color Purple, Red, White
Bloom Time Mid
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium
Ripens/Harvest Early-mid September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Rich, Subacid
Texture Very Crisp, Moderately Juicy, Mild Acid
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 5 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 8
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.


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

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Added variety to an existing orchard.
JEFF E on Mar 1, 2020
bought this one as a pollinator for honeycrisp apple trees.
Francy G on Feb 11, 2020
Added variety to an existing orchard.
JEFF E on Mar 1, 2020
Need a cross pollinator for our red rome
Kathleen W on Feb 22, 2020
bought this one as a pollinator for honeycrisp apple trees.
Francy G on Feb 11, 2020
try something new
Eric O on Feb 9, 2020
Sounded like a great new product.
Elizabeth M on Jan 6, 2020
Recently attended an orchard management seminar and orchad managers raved about crimson crisp
JAMES M on Mar 20, 2018
Interested in the scab resistance and flavor of this variety
Peter K on Jan 24, 2018
I chose this tree because our local orchard sells this fruit and it is OUTSTANDING! Soooo crunchy and flavorful.
Cristina M G on Apr 9, 2017
Wanted an apple like the HoneyCrisp but with disease resistance and better chances of success in the south. Just bought the tree so hope it'll turn out!
Alistair H on Dec 17, 2016
It has an outstanding tart-sweet flavor, is very crisp and juicy, and keeps well.
Stacey C on Oct 16, 2016
Such a great tasting apple. I have fallen in love!
Andrea D on Oct 9, 2016
Purchased as a gift. Crimson Crisp apples are not available in our area.
Sue D on Apr 29, 2016
I wanted a low maintence apple tree, with crisp, medium sized, long-keeping fruit. I just hope it lives up to the description.
Nancy H on Apr 17, 2016
pairs with honeycrisp
Donna B on Mar 21, 2016
Need a cross pollinator for our red rome
Kathleen W on Feb 22, 2020
try something new
Eric O on Feb 9, 2020
Will this cross-pollinate with liberty, enterprise or freedom apple trees?
Molly M on Jan 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Freedom and Enterprise yes, but not Liberty.
Is Crimson Crisp resistant to fire blight?
Mitch on Feb 9, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. In addition to apple scab, Crimson Crisp is moderately resistant to rusts and powdery mildew. But it is susceptible to fire blight.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
What root stock do you use?
Kevin M on Jan 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. We use several different root-stocks, depending upon the desired result and what is available. For that reason, we're unable to guarantee a specific root-stock???

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us, remember that we're here for you. Have a great day!
Can this tree cross pollinate with a Pear tree?
Sumit T on Apr 11, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question! In order to pollinate, the genus must be the same, i.e., an apple pollinates an apple, a pear pollinates a pear, and so on. Just about any other variety of apple tree with a similar bloom time will serve as a pollinator.
will Granny Smith or September Wonder Fuji Apple Trees pollinate with this variety?
Monty on Feb 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Granny Smith will pollinate CrimsonCrisp.
Will this pollinate with either Smoke House or Pink Lady?
jonathan on Feb 18, 2018
BEST ANSWER: You are in luck. :-) All three of these varieties are mid-season bloomers, and all will cross-pollinate.
Does anyone know the chill hours of these apples?
E T on Feb 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The chill hours requirement for CrimsonCrisp is 900 hours.
Hello, will the crimson crisp cross pollinate with the honey crisp granny smith?
Joyce B on May 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, all three of these varieties have a similar bloom time and will all cross-pollinate one another.
Would Cortland be a suitable for pollination?
S. C on May 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, Cortland would work as a pollinator for CrimsonCrisp.
I have a Stark Super Red Fuji dwarf and a Crimson Crisp dwarf apple tree planted in my backyard. Both the trees are healthy, and I had looked up that both are pollinators for each other. However Stark Super Red Fuji blooms earlier than Crimson Crisp. There is a short overlap between the blooms of the two trees and hence I am not getting a lot of fruit. I had to hand pollinate last year from a friends tree in order to get more fruits. Which variety would you recommend as a good pollinator for both? Or should I go with Honey Crisp as a pollinator for Crimson Crisp and Stark Gala Apple for Stark Super Red Fuji?
Siddharth M on Jan 5, 2020

Customer Reviews

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Great looking, firm, great tasting and keeps well often sells better than Honey Crisp
May 6, 2018
over 3 years ago
Very healthy
This tree is doing great. It DOUBLED in size last year and this year already has a lot of new growth. I was tickled to see it had 5 flowers this year (year 2) and it looks like one may actually produce an apple. How fun is that?
May 22, 2018
over 3 years ago
Crimson crisp apple
A very hardy dwarf tree. Wasn't bothered by last winter--which plummeted to 15 below zero!
June 8, 2019
over 2 years ago
Healthey looking trees
A of the Crisp trees seem to being doing fine, They have all leafed out, and one of them has even got blossem's already this year . They all seem to be very sturdy apple trees..
June 6, 2018
over 3 years ago
They are growing beautifully and looking good. We are looking at buying more from the company
May 11, 2017
over 4 years ago
Good product.
These trees were in good shape and health when we got them, and they have flourished ever since. These trees have done better than our neighbors locally bought fruit trees.
June 26, 2018
over 4 years ago
Great tree. Put it in late last year and was worried it wouldnt survive winter here in upstate New York. It only had one branch and a handful of leaves. This year it blew up. And even flowered already. Great tree and great nursery.
July 4, 2019
over 2 years ago
Crimson crisp
Second year in the ground and the tree looks very healthy. No blossoms this year so no apples yet. Hopefully next year!
June 8, 2018
over 3 years ago
Apple tree
We only had the tree for one year looks ok all our trees this year are unsure if it’s spring
May 3, 2018
over 4 years ago
Crimson crisp apple
The tree I got last year survived the winter. It is about 3’ tall and just now getting leaves. I hope it gets some major growth this year.
May 6, 2019
over 2 years ago