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Tops in taste tests! Our new Honeycrisp/Cripps Pink cross is sweet with citrusy notes, plus all that famous Honeycrisp snap and juiciness. Rosy-red fruit is uniform, conical and very attractive. A fine apple for cooking and of course fresh-eating. Tree is more vigorous than Honeycrisp with an upright, spreading growth habit. Keeps up to 6 months in proper storage. Originates from Winchester, Illinois in 2000. Ripens in late September. Pollinator required: Choose another apple variety like Starkspur® Red Rome Beauty, Stark® Jon-A-Red® Jonathan or any Golden Delicious. May be covered by patent (U.S.P.P. application filed).


Bloom Color Pink, White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium - Large
Pollination Pollinator Needed
Ripens/Harvest Late September, Early October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet, Sub-acid, Citrus Notes
Texture Crisp, Juicy
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 5 - 7

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 7
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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'

Recommended Pollinators

This variety requires another one for adequate pollination.

Cross-pollination by a different variety is key to its growing and bearing success. Our experts recommend planting one of the following within 50' for optimum 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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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Interesting cross of two of my favorite apples
Polly K on Aug 17, 2017
Like honey crisp apple, but need to grow in zone 7.
John L on Jan 29, 2017
Interesting cross of two of my favorite apples
Polly K on Aug 17, 2017
My wife loves Pink Lady and I Honeycrisp, need I say more? Thanks Stark Bros.
Rick V on Feb 18, 2017
Like honey crisp apple, but need to grow in zone 7.
John L on Jan 29, 2017
Love Honey Crisp therefore interested in this new apple.
GAIL C on Jan 20, 2017
Honey Crisp and Pink Lady are my favorite apples. I don't need another apple tree (already have 8) but couldn't resist the thought of these apples!
Melanie V on Jan 19, 2017
My wife loves Pink Lady and I Honeycrisp, need I say more? Thanks Stark Bros.
Rick V on Feb 18, 2017
Love Honey Crisp therefore interested in this new apple.
GAIL C on Jan 20, 2017
do they resist disease well?
Phil E on Jan 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This great new apple is resistant to bitter pit and can tolerate warmer conditions better than the original Honeycrisp. It also ripens a little later, extending the Honeycrisp season beyond what has ever been available before.
How resistant to cedar apple rust is this hybrid?
JessM on Jan 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There has been no observed cedar apple rust susceptivity in this variety, but it has not yet been classified as "resistant".
Would a Freedom apple and a Starkspur Winesap be good pollinators for this?
Jason R on Jan 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Winesap blooms too late, but Freedom would work as a pollinator for Scarlet Crush.
Does this tree produce fruit annually or bi-annually?
Carolyn C on Jan 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: If the fruit is properly thinned each season, it will produce annually.
how many chill hours required?
Sukarno K on Feb 20, 2018
BEST ANSWER: 500-700 chill hours are required.
I was going to try to espalier this tree. Does anyone know if the scarlet crush is tip bearing or spur bearing?
AbbyJ on Sep 21, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is tip-bearing (all of our spur-bearing trees are prefaced with the Starkspur?? name), but it is a prolific producer, as you can see from the photo. It would be just beautiful as an espaliered tree. We'd love to see a photo once it's established!
Scab resistant?
Jay R B on Aug 31, 2017
BEST ANSWER: This new variety is still under study to obtain data to allow us to say it is definitively scab-resistant, but until we have that, we are only allowed to state that the variety "has shown scab resistance." The studies usually take several years. It has also shown resistance to rust and bitter pit.
Would the Braestar or September Wonder Fuji work as a pollinator?
C P on Aug 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Stark Braestar blooms too early, but September Wonder Fuji would be an excellent pollinator, and is a wonderful apple in its own right.
Is goldrush an acceptable pollinator?
Grant G on Aug 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: GoldRush is a later bloomer than Stark Scarlet Crush and there is no overlap, so they would not be a good pollination pair.
Will the Disease resistant trio of apples pollinate scarlet crush apple?
Judith F on Feb 11, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Yes, any of the Disease-Resistant Collection will pollinate Stark?? Scarlet Crush??? because they are all mid-season bloomers. Please make sure they're within 50' in order to pollinate well.
What is Loamy soil?
David H on Jan 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: It is a type of soil that is composed of more sand and silt and less clay. It has a grainier texture closer to sand and it feels less like smooth, sticky clay soil. It is easier to work and tends to manage water better (where clay soil retains it and sandy soil drains it).

Customer Reviews

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Just OK
I’m sure the tree will be fine but....The graft was at a 45 degree angle meaning we had to plant at an extreme angle just so the tree would be near verticle.
May 11, 2018
1 year ago
Scarlet Crush and Ruby Darling
Both the Scarlet Crush and Ruby Darling Dwarfs are doing well in their second year. They are sending out nice shoots from which to pick out which ones to keep to shape the trees. Mike
May 3, 2018
1 year ago
Scarlet Crush apple
Stout tree from Starks' and has grown away quickly in it's first year. Nice branching.
June 20, 2018
11 months ago
Stark Scarlet Crush apple
Followed the planting instructions, tree responding to water and full sunlight.
May 30, 2018
10 months ago
Growing strong...
This will be its second spring. Purchased to cross-pollinate our "mystery" apple tree. Green leaves are sprouting, blooms have yet to form. The sapling is healthy, happy and appears to be growing strong. Can't wait to see if we get an apple this year! Very happy with the purchase. It arrived as barefoot and we following planting instructions provided by Stark Bros. Hasn't produced any fruit to date--that's why only 4 stars.
May 10, 2018
1 year ago