WineCrisp™ Apple

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Great flavor and easy to grow. This deep-red fruit is everything you want in a dessert apple — sweet, juicy, and firm. Also great for baking. Tree is ideal for northern gardens! Disease-resistant to scab, fire blight, and powdery mildew. Fruit stores up to nine months. Originates in Illinois circa 1968. Cold hardy. Ripens in mid-October. May be covered by USPP #20,437 or other patents.

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Bloom Color Pink, White
Bloom Time Mid
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium
Ripens/Harvest October
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Outstanding, Full-flavored With Subacid To Mild
Texture Firm, Crisp, Juicy
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 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

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 8 - 10' tall x 8 - 10' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 8 - 10' apart to ensure room for growth.


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

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
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Cliffton R on May 27, 2019
Because it is a late bloomer and we hope to avoid frost. Also because it produces fruit later in the fall after most of our harvest is already in and we have more time to process it.
Lisa J on Oct 12, 2018
Friend suggestion
Cliffton R on May 27, 2019
disease resistance
EDWARD F on May 26, 2019
Because it is a late bloomer and we hope to avoid frost. Also because it produces fruit later in the fall after most of our harvest is already in and we have more time to process it.
Lisa J on Oct 12, 2018
It compatible with my zone.
Dana C on Sep 20, 2018
Love Winesap, want to try this variety
Kathleen D on Sep 2, 2018
I already have two of them. They seem to be nice apples with disease resistance.
Jay B on Feb 16, 2017
Resistant to rust
WENDY H on Feb 2, 2017
Disease resistance
Myron J H on Dec 9, 2016
It's supposed to be more resistant to diseases than many other cultivars, and it looks like it might be good for cider.
Newbie24 on Jul 30, 2016
Wanted to try it. I have trouble with cedar apple rust around here!
SHANNON F on Jun 20, 2016
a little homestead orchard is a dream of mine
Aaron J on Jun 18, 2016
It sounds like a good storage apple. I also want to try it in cider.
Andrew H on Jun 10, 2016
Disease resistance
WERNER H on Jun 4, 2016
A good choice for the home gardener. some what resistant to apple scab, cedar apple rust, fire blight and mildew
RYAN S on Jun 4, 2016
These are my favorite Apple Trees...
Sending these to my MOTHER.. So when I am out for a visit, we can have fresh APPLE PIE AND GREAT APPLESAUCE...
PAUL I on May 26, 2016
One of my red apples for a Belgian fence espalier. Wanted a mix of apples
Elizabeth S on Apr 24, 2016
Looked like a good complement to the Golden Delicious I ordered, plus disease resistant and stores a long time.
Laura B on Apr 9, 2016
Stores up to 9 months! I've been trying to find a long-term storage apple. Hopefully this one works for us.
Aimee C on Apr 5, 2016
disease resistant, have heard good reports
Edgar B on Mar 13, 2016
Wine production
JULIE S on Mar 13, 2016
This is a locally hybridized apple and a great storing apple. It should do well in my region.
David B on Feb 28, 2016
disease resistance
EDWARD F on May 26, 2019
It compatible with my zone.
Dana C on Sep 20, 2018
Does winecrisp do well as an espalier?
Carla M on Jul 7, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Any size fruit tree can be espaliered as the techniques makes the tree more compact and easy to keep pruned. Just make sure your tree is spur bearing, not tip bearing, so don't try espalier on Pink Ladies and Granny Smiths.
How vigorous is winecrisp?
George N on Mar 30, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We planted the supreme dwarf WineCrisp in spring of 2018. It is now approximately 6.5 ft tall and branching out nicely. Hopefully, we will get to taste our first apples this year.
Can I use an empire apple tree as the pollinator for Winecrisp?
Josie on Sep 18, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they have a similar bloom time.
Would the WineCrisp Apple make a good pollinator for the Granny Smith Apple?
Shirley F on Sep 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it would - they have a similar bloom time.
Hello, Do you have any apple trees resistant to cedar rust?
Melissa O on May 20, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi, Melissa. We do. Liberty, Jonafree, Enterprise are three we have in stock right now. It's getting toward the end of the season, so our inventory is pretty low, I'm sorry about that.
Would a September Wonder Fugi apple pollinate a Winecrisp?
Elizabeth L on May 2, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they are good partners.
will the yellow delicious pollinate the franklin cider?
Gayle B on Oct 9, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will. The Franklin Cider apple is highly sought after and we only have a very limited supply. We expect it to sell out very quickly ... I can't say that about any other apple we offer. It's very special. "-)
How fast does it grow?
L Q on Nov 2, 2017
BEST ANSWER: WineCrisp grows 1-2' or more a year, depending upon local conditions and the care it's given.
What is a winecrisp apple a combination of? Thank You
Craig on Aug 27, 2017
BEST ANSWER: According to the Purdue University Horticulture Dept., the original seedling was produced from a cross made by L.F. Hough at Rutgers University in 1969 between the selection ???Rock 41-112??? as the seed parent and ???PRI 841-103??? as the pollen parent. It is not a cross of common available varieties.
does this four tree collection pollinate each other? Honeycrisp, wine crisp, Kinder-crisp...
Patrick W on Oct 11, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Yes, it certainly does. You don't have to worry about pollination at all.

Customer Reviews

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Our favorite!
We have planted Winecrisps, Honeycrisp, Golden, and Pink Lady apple trees. The Winecrisp just started producing last year and it is our favorite! The flavor is deliciously different and the texture really is crisp. We highly recommend this tree.
May 22, 2016
Winecrisp as ordered
I ordered a semi dwarf WineCrisp apple tree which was delivered as a healthy looking 4 foot whip in Fall 2015. What attracted me to this variety was the disease resistance, multiple suggested uses for the fruit, long-term storage and an annual crop. As every past product (five fruit trees and one blueberry bush) that I've ordered from Stark Bros. has been an outstanding grower, I am expecting the same from my WineCrisp apple tree!
February 29, 2016
over 5 years ago
Very attractive little trees.
Both of my Winecrisp trees are almost perfectly formed. They're about dead center in the orchard, and sometimes make other oddly shaped trees stand out. They're still babies, but I have high hopes. They're doing well.
May 2, 2017
over 5 years ago
Grows well in upstate NY. Seems pretty disease resistant so far.
May 22, 2017
over 4 years ago
Best tasting apple we've grown
We planted a WineCrisp in the spring of 2013 and now in the fall of 2019, we are finally getting a harvest of apples. We planted several varieties (Enterprise, GoldRush, Jonafree and Starkspur Golden Delicious) but the WineCrisp has the best flavor of them all. The Golden Delicious apples tend to be sweet but not very flavorful. The Enterprise tastes good and the tree is larger and bore more fruit but it is the WineCrisp that really shines for flavor. Crisp, juicy and just the right balance of sweet and flavor. Everyone who has compared picked it as the best tasting apple we have grown yet.
October 15, 2019
look no further
its 2 years old now an its been easy to grow. with mulch under it,branches have wide crotch angle and perfect form with little training
January 18, 2020
over 3 years ago
I love Stark Brothers. I have bought my whole orchard from them and I bought this tree because it was disease resistant -- it came with 5 other apple varieties, but this is the only one that appears to be actually dying before it's first year in the ground. It started out very well. We saw new growth and it grew almost 3 feet this summer, but in late July/August all the leaves turned brown and fell off. There is no new growth; hasn't been for a month now. The other trees appear to be doing well. I'm going to order another to see if I have better luck, but I had hoped to have good success since it was disease resistant.
September 17, 2019
over 2 years ago
Response from Stark Bro's
We appreciate you sharing your feedback and we are very sorry that this tree died over the summer. Please give us a call to discuss this further. Your planting success is important to us!
September 18, 2019
Tabitha R
Winecrisp apple
Small tree when I got it but has grown well in 2 years. Should fruit next year.
June 20, 2018
over 4 years ago