Description

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 apple variety. See Recommended Pollinators below.

Calcium improves fruit quality and is especially helpful in growing Honeycrisp apple trees.

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Characteristics

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 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 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.

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'

Pollination

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?
Stark Bro's Store
Good cross pollination. Excellent flavor. Juicy for cide.
Larry on Apr 20, 2021
Good apple
Vicki P on Apr 19, 2021
Good cross pollination. Excellent flavor. Juicy for cide.
Larry on Apr 20, 2021
This is a gift for my boyfriend.
Colleen M on Apr 19, 2021
Good apple
Vicki P on Apr 19, 2021
Delicious flavor for eating raw and baking and it grows well in my zone.
Silvan J on Apr 18, 2021
Love this apple! Can't wait to get it planted and growing.
Jewel C on Apr 16, 2021
Love the fruit
D Goddess on Apr 15, 2021
Needed a pollinizer and love this apple
Debra N on Apr 15, 2021
sweet
DAVID B on Apr 14, 2021
Have and like
Paul M on Apr 13, 2021
I like the taste of the apple and it was on sale.
Cheryl H on Apr 12, 2021
To pollinate fuji and to Save money from buying apples at grocery store
Daniel S on Apr 11, 2021
A previously purchased dwarf Honeycrisp Apple did not survive the winter.
Ann R on Apr 11, 2021
This is our favorite apple and it will grow in my zone. We already have one in the yard, but can you have too many honeycrisp?
Sharon R on Apr 11, 2021
My favorite Apple for eating!
Michelle W on Apr 11, 2021
Our kids favorite
Katherine R on Apr 9, 2021
a great crisp sweet apple
Catherine E on Apr 9, 2021
We like this kind of apple for eating so I wanted to get one.
Laurie S on Apr 7, 2021
Organic and delicious ????
Edith P on Apr 6, 2021
Description sounds good.
Dexter A on Apr 6, 2021
Wonderfully apples for kids to eat
Lucas M on Apr 6, 2021
My Enterprise tree died, I needed a pollenator for my Granny Smith
Ariel M on Apr 5, 2021
Taste great and crispy hard. Reviews
Nance E on Apr 3, 2021
My son loves honeycrisp apples
Robert on Apr 2, 2021
Love the versatility of this apple.
Methven S on Apr 2, 2021
I like them
Rick J on Mar 28, 2021
Replace older apple trees with a good eating apple
James B on Mar 27, 2021
Using for bonsai
Carl G on Mar 26, 2021
It is my wife's favorite apple.
Bryce C on Mar 26, 2021
My personal favorite grocery store apple and it pollinates my existing Fiji apples
Shawnna C on Mar 26, 2021
I like the taste of the apple
dave s on Mar 22, 2021
to help pollenate the wolf river apples
Doug M on Mar 18, 2021
I chose this apple because it's zone rating of 3, we live in a rated zone of 5 that behaves like a zone 4 so that was important to me. It also pollinates well with my golden delicious and it's the apple my son will eat all of instead of taking one bite and leaving the rest.
Kirsten H on Mar 17, 2021
I love Honeycrisp apples, and so I had to gift them to my nieces too!
Albinus D on Mar 15, 2021
Good Replacements for some trees that I lost
Nathan H on Mar 14, 2021
hardy and tasty, pollinator for Granny Smith
Bruce T on Mar 13, 2021
Love the taste
Shelli R on Mar 12, 2021
Because they are very tasty
RAYMOND M on Mar 10, 2021
I like to eat this apple and it matures early than my other choice
David U on Mar 7, 2021
Pollinator of the wolf river and my family likes sweet apples
Kevin B on Mar 6, 2021
Love Honeycrsip and tired of spending the big money in the store.
ROBERT L on Mar 6, 2021
Crisp, juicy and sweet.
Mitchell W on Mar 1, 2021
Best all around tasting
James K on Mar 1, 2021
The flavor and crispness
Threetrees on Feb 28, 2021
GREAT EATING APPLE
Douglas W on Feb 25, 2021
Taste and texture, sweet and, as the name says, crispy
" " on Feb 24, 2021
Flavor
Keith H on Feb 18, 2021
Dwarf available
William A on Feb 14, 2021
Great strand of apple
Lee C on Feb 10, 2021
Really!?! You have to ask?
Karl B on Feb 4, 2021
love these apples and want to grow my own
amy a on Feb 4, 2021
This is a gift for my boyfriend.
Colleen M on Apr 19, 2021
Delicious flavor for eating raw and baking and it grows well in my zone.
Silvan J on Apr 18, 2021
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 think the root stock used is very important. In my search, I found root-stocks are not all the same; some more hardier than others. I'm hoping the trees we purchase DO have hardy root-stocks!
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: https://www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/fruit-trees-in-containers-pt1
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.
can I grow a Honey. Crisp apple tree in a large pot on the patio?
Brian M on Mar 4, 2020
Are Honey Crisp good for pies?
leetucker on Aug 27, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, Honeycrisp apples hold their shape during cooking. You may want to use less sugar as Honeycrisp are not as tart as a lot of pie apples. Good Luck!
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: We have clay soil where we live in MD and the honeycrisp Apple tree is doing very well.
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.
I bought Cortland 4 years ago and growing slow no fruit yet so far?
Zbigniew M on Apr 11, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. First, do a soil test to check the pH (it should be between 5.5 - 6.5 for apple trees) and see which nutrients it might be missing. Then fertilize accordingly. Is the tree getting at least 6 hours of full sun? Are your trees compatible pollinators, or the same variety? If the latter, that's why you're not getting a crop. There are other reasons a tree might not be bearing fruit as you expect. This article details some basic fruit tree requirements for fruit production.

//www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/article/fruit-tree-blooming-bearing-problems
When will it bear fruit?
Ginny H on Feb 24, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. You can find the years-to-bear information in the Characteristics section, near the top of the page, underneath the description. This tree takes 2-4 years to bear.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Are there any other Dwarf apple trees that are good cross pollinators for this variety?
Jordan K on Feb 20, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. This is a Mid to late season bloomer so I recommend using Northern spy, Pink lady or a Red fuji which all are currently available in dwarf (limited supply)

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
What is your delivery area?
Mary B on Feb 17, 2021
BEST ANSWER: Unfortunately, at this time we cannot ship products outside the United States, or to Hawaii.

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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
Purchased
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
Purchased
over 6 years ago
Dissapointed
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
Purchased
over 6 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
Purchased
over 6 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
Purchased
over 7 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
Purchased
over 6 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
Purchased
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
Purchased
over 6 years ago