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Honeycrisp Apple

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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:
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'


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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Like the taste of Honeycrisps
Sue H on Mar 29, 2020
my children love this apple
buppha b on Mar 27, 2020
Like the taste of Honeycrisps
Sue H on Mar 29, 2020
Delicious, sweet-tart flavor. And just a good looking apple!
Ron D on Mar 29, 2020
my children love this apple
buppha b on Mar 27, 2020
Wife likes the taste
Rob F on Mar 26, 2020
My family loves honeycrisp apples
Sarah P on Mar 24, 2020
To cross with my cortland
Edward K on Mar 23, 2020
To cross pollinate my Delicious tree I ordered with it
Jon H on Mar 23, 2020
We love honeycrisp apples and want to grow our own
jean t on Mar 22, 2020
Great all purpose apple
Diane C on Mar 21, 2020
This is a great apple variety! I have to try growing some!
A C on Mar 21, 2020
Like these apples
Donna C on Mar 20, 2020
i love the taste of this apple, i buy it every year at our local fruit farm.
Peggy H on Mar 19, 2020
I chose this because Honeycrisp are great apples.
Kelly S on Mar 19, 2020
Lee Willis L on Mar 17, 2020
Emily G on Mar 17, 2020
Have had before
Brian S on Mar 16, 2020
Another favorite
Jim K on Mar 14, 2020
I like the taste
Andrew L on Mar 14, 2020
My very favorite apple!
Theresa N on Mar 14, 2020
Available at local U-pick.
Kenneth Brown S on Mar 12, 2020
Have older apple trees +50 years. I wanna raise a new one
Timothy J on Mar 12, 2020
Because of the size of the tree. Seeing dwarf apple trees at local farms was always cool and how much fruit they produce is amazing. We wanted to give it a shot.
Anes F on Mar 12, 2020
Super flavor,have others and wanted more
Mark on Mar 11, 2020
I needed a pollinator for an older northern spy.
Wendy F on Mar 10, 2020
Christine S on Mar 9, 2020
The Honeycrisp is our favorite eating apple. Honey sweet and perfectly crunchy as its name suggests. We bought this to replace our Fuji which succumbed to apple scab or some other similar disease last year. We have an "orchard" comprised of two dwarf apples and a dwarf peach in our tiny urban yard. All are Stark Brothers.
Christina M on Mar 8, 2020
STANLEY D on Mar 8, 2020
I like this kind of apple
Karen D on Mar 7, 2020
Judson R on Mar 6, 2020
Pollinator and UAEX recommendation for NWA
RICKY D on Mar 5, 2020
Who doesn't like Honeycrisp!
Daniel W on Mar 3, 2020
Good eating apple.
David P on Mar 2, 2020
Good eating apple.
BEVERLY S on Mar 1, 2020
Love these apple
Karen E on Feb 29, 2020
Love the taste.
John S on Feb 21, 2020
Iike the flavor but they are very expensive in the grocery store.
Richard F P on Feb 15, 2020
Bruce W on Feb 15, 2020
I buy these apples all the time at the grocery store and my wife and I love them.
Gene B on Feb 14, 2020
recommended from a friend, that they are hardy for central Indiana and somewhat blight resistant.
Francy G on Feb 11, 2020
Great taste
Scott L on Feb 10, 2020
favorite eating apple. crispy and juicy!
Eric O on Feb 9, 2020
My favorite kind of apple to eat
Jean H on Feb 9, 2020
Great flavor fresh or cooked. Firm texture.
Debbie B on Feb 7, 2020
Wanted a sweet crisp dwarf apple tree.
Forrest E on Jan 29, 2020
Popular variety and delicious fruit.
Crystal C on Jan 26, 2020
Pollinator - good eating
Alan U on Jan 22, 2020
Best tasting apple as well as having a firm texture.
Sean C on Jan 20, 2020
As a pollinator for chehalis apples.
Greg W on Jan 20, 2020
As a pollinator for a dwarf macintosh
Richard B on Jan 14, 2020
Great Apple -- Had three regular Honeycrisp, but could not keep birds out of tree and they continued to destroy the APPLES, which is why I ordered dwarf, so I could net trees.
Donald M on Jan 13, 2020
Delicious, sweet-tart flavor. And just a good looking apple!
Ron D on Mar 29, 2020
Wife likes the taste
Rob F on Mar 26, 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
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.
Can you tell me which rootstock you use for the semidwarf honey crisp apple trees?
Randy B on Dec 11, 2019
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: 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.
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
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.
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.
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.
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.
what is the root stock for the semi dwarf honeycrisp?
Jacqueline J on Mar 22, 2020
BEST ANSWER: This means that the tree will come as bare roots; the roots are not surrounded by any dirt.
Do you have espaliered fruit trees for my hardiness zone (10b)?
Louis on Mar 4, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Short answer is: yes. You can espalier practically any fruit tree, including this tree. The dwarf size is the easiest to espalier. Our detailed article can be found here: // detailed article can be found here: //
How big is it when it comes?
Sammi-Jo M on Feb 8, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. When shipped, our regular grade that is showing available is 3-4 feet tall and/or with a 3/8" trunk diameter.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Will the honeycrisp pollinate with the stark super red fuji?
Ashlee B on Jan 1, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Hi Ashlee, according to the Stark Bros page, it will pollinate with it. Good luck!
I???m looking for an apple tree for my cockatiel to be able to perch on indoors. 5-6 foot width beaches wide enough to support 95 grams not worried about it having leaves at this time.
Do you have such a tree for sale?
Ginny on Dec 5, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I have 6 of the super dwarf honeycrisp trees and I think they would be perfect as they only grow to 6 foot high and 6 foot width
What rootstocks do you use on your apple trees? M-111? And/or others?
Sharon H on Nov 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Stark Bro's grows their apples on many different rootstocks. We do use M-111 from time to time.

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

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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
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 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
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 5 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
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
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 4 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
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