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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
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.

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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
1 of my top 3 apples
Brandon R on Jul 28, 2019
Excellent reviews and intrigued by growing this type of apple in my climate.
Leslie B on Jun 28, 2019
1 of my top 3 apples
Brandon R on Jul 28, 2019
Family favorite
Vivian W on Jun 28, 2019
Excellent reviews and intrigued by growing this type of apple in my climate.
Leslie B on Jun 28, 2019
Wonderful for eating. Wanted soonest production.
William M on Jun 20, 2019
Makes great apple juice. This variety also dehydrates well.
David K on Jun 11, 2019
They're the best apples ever created!
Molly L on Jun 10, 2019
The Honeycrisp variety is always popular and it works with the other apple varieties in our home orchard. Look forward to apples in the future with this tree!
Paul H on Jun 6, 2019
Want to grow this variety because it originates in Minnesota.
Michael S on Jun 1, 2019
Long time reliable producer.
matt n on May 30, 2019
I like these better than any other apple but not paying $20 for a bag of them in the store.
MATTHEW C on May 28, 2019
LOVE the taste, texture, crunch, and how long it lasts throughout the winter!
Cliffton R on May 27, 2019
They are the best apples- period
Michael H on May 21, 2019
Good apple, widely grown in-State
Stephen H on May 14, 2019
Love this apple for eating and freeze drying. Great in Pies.
Laura K on May 13, 2019
Recommended pollinator for Franklin cider apple
WILLIAM M on May 11, 2019
dad's favorite
carol b on May 9, 2019
I enjoy its sweet tart taste and its dexterity to eat fresh or use in cooking.
KEITH K on May 8, 2019
Good price - great apple!
Kathleen V on May 6, 2019
Wonderful eating apple and I needed a pollinator for another apple tree.
Rebecca H on May 4, 2019
These apples are so expensive I
I thought I would try to grow my own
Patricia B on Apr 28, 2019
This is a wonderful sweet eating apple. It was also recommended for pollination of our Cortland apple tree.
Lynn V on Apr 26, 2019
Best tasting apples there are!!
Janell S on Apr 17, 2019
The fruit has great flavor and texture.
Shannon H on Apr 16, 2019
According to the state extension office this apple should produce in Ft Collins
TAMMY T on Apr 16, 2019
daughter loved this apple
Ardys F on Apr 8, 2019
grandsons request
Andrew R on Apr 8, 2019
Great tasting apple
Larry K on Apr 3, 2019
best apple in the world
jerry a on Apr 2, 2019
Love the flavor
Kimberly D on Mar 29, 2019
Kids love them
Jeffrey C on Mar 26, 2019
Lovely apple
Gordon R on Mar 24, 2019
I like the Honeycrisp variety and it's recommended by my county extension office.
Wendell S on Mar 23, 2019
Its our favorite apple.
April R on Mar 19, 2019
Love to eat these apples.
John D on Mar 12, 2019
My friend's favorite apple!
George S on Mar 9, 2019
They taste great and do well in my 5A climate
Midwest on Mar 8, 2019
My favorite type of apple.
Patty S on Mar 4, 2019
Zone 3 cold hardy and a popular apple I want to try. Smaller size.
Kenneth R on Mar 4, 2019
I love the taste of honeycrisp apples and I am sure homegrown ones will be even better. We already have golden delicious apples to pollinate with.
Linda P on Mar 3, 2019
Grown this tree before, love the taste and size.
Darren E on Mar 1, 2019
Love these apples!
Theresa N on Feb 27, 2019
always loved the flavor of this apple
carl p on Feb 25, 2019
I love a good sweet crisp apple. This is it.
Edith C on Feb 18, 2019
Favorite apple
George C on Feb 17, 2019
Classic apple with MN hardiness.
Nicholas S on Feb 5, 2019
as a pollinator
both trees are for his Valentine's Day gift!!!
rachel S on Jan 23, 2019
From the information supplied by your web site.
Randy K on Jan 17, 2019
wanted to try for Montana climate
JUDITH B on Dec 31, 2018
Also very good for my zone, and so good.
GWEN L on Nov 9, 2018
Disease resistance, exceptional taste, and withstands the crazy Oklahoma weather!
Edna C on Nov 8, 2018
Family favorite
Vivian W on Jun 28, 2019
Wonderful for eating. Wanted soonest production.
William M on Jun 20, 2019
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.
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.
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.
Will the honeycrisp apple tree bear fruit in a shady area?
Laura K on Mar 29, 2016
BEST ANSWER: It might, but a shady area is not an ideal location for an apple tree. Light has a lot to do with fruit-bud production and the overall quality of the fruit.
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.
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.
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?
Margie B 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 destructive are the roots and how far out from the trunk should you worry?
Way e W on Jun 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Honeycrisp tree roots are no larger than other fruit trees of the same size. If you're concerned about planting near a foundation, be sure to keep it 20' away.
Will an Enterprise tree pollinate a Honey Crisp and vice versa?
eugene m on Jun 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will. They're good partners.
All of the recommended pollinators are are out of stock for honey crisp trees. What are some other pollinator recommendations?
eugene m on Jun 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I'm sorry, it's very late in the season and we're sold out of many items. Did you see the link to this page?
Do you have Asian persimmon that can be grown well in zone 6a?
Sasitorn K on Jun 8, 2019
BEST ANSWER: All of our persimmon trees, except for Fuyu and Tanenashi are compatible with zone 6a.
Are any of the fruit trees started using gmos?
Leah K on May 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Absolutely not. None of our trees, plants or seeds contain any GMOs.
Could this tree be kept in a pot long-term? Or does it have to be planted. Also, is a pollinator absolutely necessary?
Jenna T on May 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, a pollinator is absolutely necessary, otherwise it won't bear any fruit. If you choose a dwarf size tree, it can be planted in a large container. Please see "Growing Fruit Trees in Containers" //
do i need a cross pollinator for best results or can i plant two of the same?
john z on May 21, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The same variety cannot pollinate itself. You will need another apple variety with a similar bloom time in order for good pollination to occur.
how thick are the trees when they are shipped and how old are they?
Lauren B on Mar 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: That will depend upon which option you choose. Please see the "Choose an option" dropdown menu near the top of the page, which will show you the various sizes/options that are available.
Will this grow in zone 8?
Melva W on Nov 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Sorry, this only grows as far south as Zone 6. You might try a Cinnamon Spice - there are few very apples that will grow in warm climates because they need a certain number of chill hours to complete the fruiting cycle. Here is the link to Cinnamon Spice if you're interested: // It will be available to order in January for spring shipping.
How big in height are these apple trees?
John F on Oct 4, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Mature sizes are listed on the individual variety pages, in the Size & Spacing section. Honeycrisp semi-dwarf will be 12 - 15' tall and wide; and the Dwarf size will grow to 8 - 10' tall and wide.
Hi, is there a discount if we buy over 20 apples trees?
marci g on Oct 3, 2018
BEST ANSWER: We do offer discounts for larger quantities. Please call Customer Support at 800.325.4180 and they will take care of you.

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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
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
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 3 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 4 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 4 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 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 4 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 4 years ago