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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 USPP #30,925 or other patents.


Bloom Color Pink, White
Bloom Time Mid
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium - Large
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
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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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Never had one of this variety.....
Michael D on Sep 2, 2020
It is a dwarf variety that will remain small and the description of the flavor.
Jerry W on Aug 28, 2019
Never had one of this variety.....
Michael D on Sep 2, 2020
Enhance honeycrisp early season producer
Kent J on Apr 11, 2020
It is a dwarf variety that will remain small and the description of the flavor.
Jerry W on Aug 28, 2019
Because its a mix of my 2 favorite apples
Brandon R on Jul 28, 2019
Sounds awesome
Greg B on Jun 16, 2019
It supposed to taste like Pink Lady and Honeycrisp, both of which I like, and fairly disease resistant.
Dennis D on Mar 19, 2019
Timing of ripeness compared to my other apples and I like the honeycrisp style and long storage times
Christian A on Mar 15, 2019
Honeycrisp & Pink Lady! Why not?
AJ H on Mar 14, 2019
Did a lot of research before buying. we needed a sweet , crunchy , firm apple that won't go bad very soon. this seems to be the perfect fit. we love honey crisp and pink lady, so as this is a cross between those and it is also compatible with our NC climate, it is perfect for us.
Nithin S on Mar 11, 2019
Looks Tasty!
Mike T on Feb 13, 2019
parents and guessing they will be good
JOE C on Jan 25, 2019
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
Enhance honeycrisp early season producer
Kent J on Apr 11, 2020
Because its a mix of my 2 favorite apples
Brandon R on Jul 28, 2019
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".
How long (days) from bloom until fruit is ready?
Chels on Dec 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: My trees are only two years old and have not blossomed yet.
My Honey Crisp will be six years in spring and I hope they will finally bloom.
can we use a pink lady to cross pollinate?
Alicia on Apr 13, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your inquiry. as long as the bloom times are the same they will pollinate one another. The pink lady and the scarlet crush are both Mid bloomers and will pollinate with each other to bear fruit.
Can I get a honey crisp tree to cross pollinate with the stark Scarlett crush?
Emily A on Sep 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. These are both Mid season bloomers so you should have proper pollination with these varieties.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
What are the chill hours?
Chels on Dec 10, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hours of cold needed in dormancy to result in next seasons bud set.
Will this be available in a semi-dwarf rootstock?
Jason R on Oct 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Jason, Check back with us in the spring. We might have some new inventory available by then. 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!
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
over 3 years ago
Grows great but poor flavor
Ive had the Scarlett crush tree for 3 years. It produced apples this year but i was quite disappointed with the flavor. Not near as good as my honeycrisp or Ruby Darling apples. Ill given it another year or two before I decide too maybe graft it over to something that tastes better
October 13, 2019
over 3 years 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
over 3 years ago
Great trees
I have always ordered from Stark Brothers and have found the trees to be top quality with guarantees. The order process is friendly and the easy to do. There are many other companies to order from and I have found the Stark quality to be outstanding. Every year they add additional options to make my small orchard unique.
May 1, 2019
over 2 years ago
Off to a good start
Just planted the Stark Scarlet Crush Apple tree last Spring. So far, we are off to a good start. The tree arrived healthy, had a good first year, and looks good this year, as well. It has put on some new growth, but will still be a few years before it will bear any fruit. I like the two apples crossed to make this combination, so my family and I are really excited to see how it tastes. I would recommend this product.
May 1, 2019
over 2 years ago
Scarlet Crush apple
Stout tree from Starks' and has grown away quickly in it's first year. Nice branching.
June 20, 2018
over 2 years ago
"Scarlet" Crush?
This is the 4th season for my Scarlet Crush tree, and in spite of the late freeze on May 11, the tree managed to set about 8 apples, it's first. The apples are a nice size and shape, but they are as green as a Granny Smith! Since it's now August 27, I don't see that they will turn scarlet this late. Did I get a bummer tree?? Two stars for at least a nice looking tree, but if it's not a Scarlet Crush, it only deserves 1 star, at best.
August 27, 2020
over 3 years ago
Looking great
Only planted this last spring, but it is growing nicely and made it through a tough Wisconsin winter of -30F. No flowers yet but it has been a really cold spring and none of the other apples have them either.
May 3, 2019
over 2 years 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
over 3 years ago
Stark Scarlet Crush apple
Followed the planting instructions, tree responding to water and full sunlight.
May 30, 2018
over 2 years ago