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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. Originates from Excelsior, Minnesota in 1974. 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
Bloom Time Mid - Late
Chill Hours 800 - 1000
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
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:
Standard 18 - 20' tall x 18 - 20' wide
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:
Standard 18 - 20'
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15'
Dwarf 8 - 10'


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?
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I like that it is crisp and I like the flavor
NANCY on Sep 6, 2020
Because I want a sweet and juice eating Apple and for baking
kathryn k on Jun 9, 2020
I like that it is crisp and I like the flavor
NANCY on Sep 6, 2020
Sweet and crispy
Virginia M on Jul 29, 2020
Because I want a sweet and juice eating Apple and for baking
kathryn k on Jun 9, 2020
I love the crispy, sweet, and juicy taste of this apple, and I will probably use it, along with some other apples, to make cider.
Buss E on Jun 4, 2020
Great taste and compact size
Shiva on Jun 4, 2020
love these apples and want to grow my own instead of buying for making applesauce... use 1/3 these and 2/3 grannies... no sugar needed... I might have the mix backwards. Do not have my notes for canning here with me!! Makes great applesauce though!
vanessa t on Jun 3, 2020
Delicious apples
Elsia T on Jun 2, 2020
My wife wants these to go alongside the other 4 varieties we have.
David K on May 31, 2020
Need another variety in the orchard and this one tastes great.
Kevin D on May 31, 2020
On sale, one of my favorites, small size.
Charles C on May 31, 2020
Have never had this but needed a pollinator for the other 2 apple trees I purchased
Claudia E on May 29, 2020
For the flavor
Kelly O on May 28, 2020
The price was right. Fits in pollination plans.
Howard S on May 28, 2020
Price and with 7 other types in the orchard adding two Honeycrisp seems good to replace two that died.
ORLEN B on May 27, 2020
Availability and I happen to really like this variety.
Louis M on May 26, 2020
I have been loving honey crisp apples for about 3 months and wish to add the tree to my land and it???s on sale
shelley s on May 25, 2020
my favorite, sweet and crisp
Leslie A on May 25, 2020
This is a gift for my son. He loves this apple!
RACHAEL L. on May 24, 2020
Wanted to grow my favorite type of apple!
Les W on May 23, 2020
Like honey crisp! Hope to live long enough to see fruit!
Deidre G on May 23, 2020
Good sale on a great apple
Craig L on May 23, 2020
Promotion item
Tom V on May 21, 2020
They taste so good.
Linda R on May 20, 2020
I purchased a Gala earlier in the year and I needed a pollinator for it. I looked up pollinators for Gala and Honeycrisp was one of them and my daughter said she had a Honeycrisp from her inlaws' trees and they were delicious.
Tracy M on May 20, 2020
My favorite to eat.????
Linda G on May 20, 2020
Dwarf, pollinator in stock
Falan M on May 20, 2020
Flavor for eating and for applesauce is fantastic!
David S on May 19, 2020
The hardiness is compatible to my area and I needed a pollinator for my apple tree.
Bibha T on May 19, 2020
favorite apple
William A on May 19, 2020
Bought this one because apples are delicious and apple blossoms are pretty.
cassandra g on May 19, 2020
Love the flavor of this apple and keeps very well
Jeff J on May 17, 2020
Andrew G on May 16, 2020
Best tasting apple ever!
Dennis R on May 15, 2020
Robin G on May 15, 2020
it was in sale and it's a sweeter apple than what I currently have.
ANTONIO C on May 15, 2020
I like eating Honeycrisp Apples. They taste so much better than others.
Sal S on May 15, 2020
It is dwarf apple tree and taste sweet very delicious.
Hsiaofen W on May 15, 2020
On sale
Joshoua T on May 15, 2020
I have heard good things this apple from ISU Hort Farm where they do research on many kinds of apples.
I have tasted several and find them great tasting. My kind of apple
Arvin F on May 14, 2020
My daughter???s favorite. She made me promise to add this tree to the garden.
Tim J on May 14, 2020
Love this variety
Ian M on May 13, 2020
The deer ate my other one.
Catherine S on May 13, 2020
Great eating apple.
David S on May 13, 2020
Dwarf and need two to polinate
Rebecca S on May 12, 2020
My daughter's favorite apple
David A on May 11, 2020
Based upon your description and advice.
Gerald L on May 10, 2020
needed a pollinator
Jack H on May 9, 2020
Partly bc of the good price but also bc I need a dwarf tree for the lot that I'm in. I don't want a huge tree.
Ki Charm K on May 5, 2020
These are the best tasting apples there are!! We tried these apples & loved em and I do not have any of the Honeysrisp trees so I am getting a couple of these. These are gooooooood!!
wayneg on May 1, 2020
I love making pie and apple sauce and I needed these apples for that
Jack S on Apr 30, 2020
Sweet and crispy
Virginia M on Jul 29, 2020
I love the crispy, sweet, and juicy taste of this apple, and I will probably use it, along with some other apples, to make cider.
Buss E on Jun 4, 2020
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
BEST ANSWER: I have Honey Crisp planted in zone 9A. It is in its 3rd year and doing very well. I do have it planted in the noon shadow of a 100' tall sweet gum. It gets full sun for daybreak to 10:30ish and then from 3:00ish to dark
Can you tell me which rootstock you use for the semidwarf honey crisp apple trees?
Randy B on Dec 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I have asked various times and it is not always clear what rootstock is being used, because various ones are used.
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.
I'm in zone 7A. Apple tree I'm looking at is in zone 3-6 what would be the problem planting it in zone 7A we're actually warmer?
amlkman on Sep 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Warm is generally not good for apple trees; they need a certain amount of time below a certain temperature to go dormant and complete the fruiting cycle. We have just introduced 4 new Honeycrisp crosses that can all be successfully grown in the warmer climates of Zones 5-7. You may want to read about them: Stark?? Scarlet Crush???, Stark?? Ruby Darling???, Stark?? Hart's Fancy??? and Stark?? Red Romance???.
Why won't a Honey Crisp Apple grow and do well in zone 8B?
Wade R on Sep 23, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I live in zone 8B. My Honeycrisp bears every year. And heavily. Western Washington state is a moderately mild climate, but even with the mild winters, we seem to get enough chill hours. To me, it was worth the try and it is working out.
Will the honeycrisp apple tree bear fruit in a shady area?
Laura K on Mar 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Planting guidelines for non-dwarf honey crisp trees dictate a 10-15 (8 minimum) foot radius from the center of the tree needs to be clear of other trees. Ground cover plants that won't compete for resources are just fine.
Full sun is needed for proper development of almost all fruit plants, if you live in a very hot area then partial shade is OK but the plant needs direct sun for at least 5-6 hours a day. If you can't do that either get artificial lights or you may just end up with a nice looking but barren tree.
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!
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:
Are Honey crisp apples good for cooking?
Chris E on Apr 3, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes. I use them in pies and sauce. I think they are best when mixed with another variety that is tart as the Honeycrisp is so sweet.
If I want 2 honeycrisp apples, can I just get one pollinator (like a Lodi)?
MIKE H. on Mar 26, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Sure! As long as you plant all three trees within 50' of one another, the Lodi will cross-pollinate both Honeycrisp trees. What a nice combination of apples ...
My estimated shipping date is March 30. Sometimes our ground is still frozen. Should I ask for a later date?
Laurel J on Feb 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: If you would like us to ship your order at a different time, please contact our Customer Support Team at 800.325.4180. We would be glad to help you arrange what suits you and your growing zone best.
I live south of Springfield Missouri in the Ozark hills. I would like to plan a dozen apple, maybe a couple of Peach and a couple of cherry trees. The apple trees are primarily for the deer (lot's of them to feed). Can I plan them in the fall (October into November) and what would be the fastest growing to get trees that would bear fruit. Would the honeycrisp apple trees in the largest available tree make sense? Greg
Greg B on Oct 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi Greg, Thank you for your question. Because weather and soil conditions vary so much from year to year and even within your zone, it's best to think of your planting time as a range of favorable conditions instead of an exact time.

You can plant new plants and trees: 1) when the ground is not frozen, 2) when daytime temperatures are above freezing (32??F) and below 90??F, and 3) when extreme weather (blizzard, hail, torrential rain, etc.) is not in the forecast. Be sure to keep plants watered if you're transplanting in warm and/or dry weather.

Our trees are all trees are 2 years old when we harvest and ship them. A supreme or supreme XL might bear fruit sooner but there is no guarantee.
Are Honey Crisp good for pies?
leetucker on Aug 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Leetucker, if you like a crunchy pie, then yes. I have found out that Honeycrisp apples are better for fresh eating, caramel apples and cider. Softer apples do make better pies.Hope this
Do deer go after peach and/or apple trees?
Sandra K on Mar 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes they do. There are many ways to protect your trees, however. They eat the soft tender growth in the early spring
Would the dwarf Honey crisp and dwarf Wealthy apple be good candidates for Would the dwarf Honey Crisp and dwarf Wealthy Apple be good candidates for training as Espaliered?
Mary S on Feb 7, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I would say yes. Most dwarf trees require support due to their size, so if you are going to be training to a wall or permanent supports, I would suggest dwarf. I have 10 different varieties of apples from Stark Bro???s, they deliver quality products.
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 am in zone 7a. I live in a place called CLAYMONT. I have had great success with my fruits and berries by tilling in as much leaf mold as I can and using Starks fertilizers as recommended or slightly less. The clay in my area is slightly acidic and fairly nutrient dense, so as long as you can get some air to the roots, I hope you will have similar great results.
squirrels eat my fruit on trees.
what can i do to keep them away?
joanne b on Apr 23, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I've only had that happen when the squirrels are really hungry and/or a drought. Make sure the squirrels have other food too: sunflower seeds and corn. However, I put "footies" on my apples so they're "no poison" apples...I've seen squirrels occasionally take the apple and peel the footie off before taking a few bites. (Of course a gun could help if you're in the country, but I've let the squirrels have a few if they're that hungry.)
How long does it take for a honey crisp apple tree to bare fruit when planted?
Cynthia B on Mar 21, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Our experience showed that we had some fruit in about 4 years and this was on trees that w ere 5 to 6 years old when we purchased them. Once they started to produce however we have had constant high production of blooms and fruit.
what other tree is good to plant with a honey crisp tree?
Angel M on Oct 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Angel, This is a really good question. You can pair the Honeycrisp with a few different varieties like Cortland, Fuji, Gala or even a Granny Smith for proper pollination. 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!
Is it good eating or for pie?
Marilene A on Apr 5, 2018
BEST ANSWER: That is one of the beauties of Honeycrisp ... it's the most popular eating apple, but doesn't brown when cut and is simply wonderful in pies. Holds up well to baking.
Are honey crisp resistant to cedar rust and fire blight?
Margaret Elberta on May 17, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I just planted my honey crisp apple trees last fall. We got so much snow this winter that the trees
just recently (in the last month) got their leaves. I've seen no problems with them, and can't wait until the start producing. Good Luck.
how big are the trees when shipped?
Shellee K on Aug 27, 2020
BEST ANSWER: When shipped, regular trees are about 3-4' tall and/or with a 3/8" or larger trunk diameter. A Stark?? Supreme Tree is one of the season's top-grade, bare-root trees that gives you a head start on growing. When Supreme trees are shipped, they are about 4-5' tall and/or with a 5/8" or larger trunk diameter.

In the fall season we only ship potted trees and those will range from 1.5-3 feet tall at shipping.
Is the honey crisp apple an heirloom plant?
TaNia C on Aug 26, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. No this in not an Heirloom variety.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
My dwarf honey crisp tree was doing great until the hurricane that hit our area. Now the leaves have dried up and disappeared. The wind was extreme. Any advice would be appreciated?
Loraine K on Aug 17, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We recommend you try a scratch test: //
If that test determines the tree is no longer living and in need of replacement, please contact our Customer Support Team at 800.325.4180. They'd be happy to help.
Planting month in Missouri for Apple trees?
Louise B on Jul 31, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Because weather and soil conditions vary so much from year to year and even within your zone, it's best to think of your planting time as a range of favorable conditions instead of an exact time.

You can plant new plants and trees:
1) when the ground is not frozen.
2) when daytime temperatures are above freezing (32??F) and below 90??F.
3) when extreme weather (blizzard, hail, torrential rain, etc.) is not in the forecast. Be sure to keep plants watered if you're transplanting in warm and/or dry weather.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
I need an apple tree variety to pollinate my Honey Crisp and it MUST BE FOR zone 3b. The suggestions on this site are all for warmer zones so now what?
Linda P on Jul 18, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. You may have to purchase locally if we do not have a suitable pollinator for your zone. This variety is a Mid-late season bloomer so as long as the bloom times are the same you will have proper pollination. We may have something in the spring that can will thrive in your zone.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!

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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
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 6 years ago
3 years No Fruit
Trees look healthy and bloom well the same time the red rome and yellow delicious bloom, yet they have not set any fruit. I have even manually pollinated these trees with no success.
May 18, 2016
over 5 years ago
I have purchased the dwarf variety of honeycrisp and red rome beauty. Like one of the other reviewers said the 2 apple trees are near each other exposed to the same type of elements, yet the red rome beauty seems to be doing much better. Has better growth while the honeycrisp is barely surviving. Both trees were purchased the same time and this was their second spring. I know our soil is not the best (it's clay-ish) so maybe the honeycrisp is just a more sensitive tree. Maybe with time as it slowly gets stronger it will overcome the soil challenges and will produce apples.
May 16, 2016
over 5 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
over 5 years 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 6 years 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 5 years ago
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
over 5 years ago
two year report
I purchased the oldest available stock which arrived in excellent condition at the right time for planting in 2015. The tree started well, then faltered due to insufficient water (my fault), but has now been resurrected. This year it has put out many new branches which are at appropriate places for scaffolding, added 3 feet of top growth, and looks quite good. Many branches formed at an acute angle to the main stem but I have been able to flatten out some of the most important ones without difficulty. It is too early to evaluate the fruit, but I am very satisfied so far and would recommend this particular stock.
July 16, 2016
over 5 years ago