Honeycrisp Apple Tree

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Crisp & Sweet, Popular Honeycrisp Apple Tree

  • Late Mid-Season
  • Extremely Cold Hardy, But Adaptable to Warm Climates
  • Self-Fruitful in Many Climates
  • Prolonged Harvest
  • Bears Fruit at Young Age
  • Round Yellow Fruit with a Red Blush
  • High Chill 700 - 1000 Hours

Foodies and gardeners, rejoice! Our top-quality Honeycrisp Apple Tree, with a taste that rivals even the great Fuji Apple, can be grown in your home garden. This apple was bred primarily for taste and its ability to grow in extreme cold.

Unlike other commercial apples, the Honeycrisp wasn't bred to grow, store or ship well. But once people tasted Honeycrisp, the market demand for this delicious apple forced grocery distributors to find a way to get it onto store shelves.

With larger cells than other apples, Honeycrisp literally explodes with sweet juice when you bite into it. Beautiful skin is snappy, yet thin - a perfect complement to the crisp flesh - which has just the right balance between sweetness and acidity.

If you have had the pleasure of biting into a Honeycrisp apple bought at your local market, then the thought of that sweet tang and solid crunch is probably making your mouth water right now. But coming out of storage to be shipped to the grocery store does not provide the excellent sweet and tart flavor experience that comes from a fresh-picked Honeycrisp from your own backyard.

Imagine how that apple would taste fresh from your own tree. Sweeter, juicier, firmer and just plain better! Plus, you have the added comfort of knowing just what went into (or didn't go into!) those fresh eating apples before they appear on your family's table.

A wonderful snack, each Honeycrisp apple has about 80 calories. These powerhouses also have pectic fiber, Vitamin A and C. Grow your own to eat clean.

Congrats to the University of Minnesota for this delightful apple variety, another prizewinning introduction. Recent DNA testing indicates that the parentage includes Keepsake, Golden Delicious and heirloom Duchess of Oldenberg varieties. This is such a successful variety in the more extreme cold climates of Growing Zones 3 and 4. No wonder the state fruit of Minnesota is a Honeycrisp Apple!

This tree grows to an ideal size for an urban or suburban garden and can be kept smaller with pruning. Plant it in well-drained soil, in full sun for optimal growth and plant another variety close by to aid in pollination, if you want the best possible yield.

The Honeycrisp apple is consistently one of the best-selling apples on the market and the price and availability often reflect that. Getting a Honeycrisp apple tree from Nature Hills is a healthy investment in your family's future.

How to Use Honeycrisp Apples

The Honeycrisp is known for its long hang time on the tree. That means your harvest is extended over a longer period than most apple varieties. The quality just continues to get better with each apple picked. The round yellow fruit produces a red blush as it ripens in September and they don't immediately drop upon ripening, so you can take your time picking them.

Delicious Honeycrisp apples are yellow with a speckled reddish-pink blush. The crisp white flesh is well-balanced between honey-sweet and tart and has a wonderful floral aroma.

Of course, as a fresh-eating apple, it's hard to beat a Honeycrisp. Use them in salads, and slaws, or dip them in melted caramel for a luscious fall treat. They'll hold up to pie baking, and you can freeze bags of sliced Honey crisps.

These apples also retain their pigment well and have a relatively long shelf life when they're stored in cool, dry conditions. Honeycrisp will store well in a cool, dark, dry location for up to 3 months and 6 months in refrigeration.

#ProPlantTips for Care

Today, home gardeners across the United States can grow Honeycrisp apples in either cold or hot apple growing regions. This includes the upper Midwest, West Coast, Northwest and Northeast.

Honeycrisp performs beautifully in climates with higher summer humidity. It handles extreme cold and high humidity with no problems.

It is adapted to a wide range of soil types and will even tolerate heavy clay if the drainage is good. Once established, most apples require less water. When a layer of mulch is applied to cover the root system, apple trees become quite drought tolerant.

It needs full sun exposure for optimal growth. However, for warmer climates with low summer humidity, plant Honeycrisp trees where they will receive afternoon shade. This will allow the Honeycrisp to be successful in Zone 9.

Hold this tree to any size with annual summer punning. We recommend for home gardeners to maintain their trees to below 10 feet with 7 to 8 feet being the ideal height. Maintain your trees low to assure ease in providing maintenance and harvesting.

The Honeycrisp is self-fruitful and will provide a dependable set year to year, but you can improve your yield by planting with a pollinating partner. Consider planting with varieties ripening at different times to extend your harvest period.

The late mid-season red-blushed Honeycrisp would partner well with an early Gala, a mid-season McIntosh and a late Granny Smith Apple to extend your apple harvesting season to 6 months.

Thinning is one of the most important maintenance tasks after size control. The Honeycrisp bears young and can overbear. Thin out small fruit to leave a fists space between fruit to lessen the load of the younger trees and to ensure good fruit size on older trees.

The Honeycrisp is disease resistant in most areas. We take pride in delivering the highest quality plants with healthy roots and full, well-established stems and foliage. Honeycrisp Apple trees are always in high demand. Order now before they sell out!

Honeycrisp Apple Tree Frequently Asked Questions

When to Plant Honeycrisp Apple Trees

Planting Bareroot trees as soon as you can dig a hole in spring and until hot weather, the earlier the better. Plant container Apple trees throughout the growing season with complete success - that is the benefit of container plants - to extend the planting season. Your County Agricultural Extension Office is a great resource for first and last frost dates in your area.

How to Plant Honeycrisp Apple Trees

Dig a large hole only as deep as needed to accommodate the bareroot or container root ball, and twice as wide. Add Nature Hills Root Booster to speed root establishment. Remove the pot or bag and situate it into the hole so the top of the soil (soil line if bareroot), is level with the new location's soil being careful not to plant too deep. Water in again very well and backfill with the same soil you dug up, tamping down gently to ensure there are no air pockets.

Top off with a 3-4 inch thick layer of Arborist mulch. Consider staking your tree to keep its trunk growing straight for the first year to ensure it stands tall against strong winds and drifting snow.

When to Prune Honeycrisp Apple Trees

Trim off any broken branches from delivery as soon as you take them out of the box. Prune and trim apple trees while dormant, in late winter or early spring, before you see new growth.

How to Prune Honeycrisp Apple Trees

Dormant prune to:

  • Remove any double leaders or narrow crotch angles
  • Eliminate any crossing branches
  • Thin interior branching and leave the fruiting spurs and strong branches in place opening up the canopy
  • Branching at least 24-36 inches above the ground

Prune Apple trees in the summer to:

  • Control size and shape by reducing the length of longer new growth on vigorous trees
  • Remove water sprouts on the main trunk or older branches in the crown
  • Remove suckers at the base of the trunk
  • Thin fruit during heavy years on established trees

How to Care for Honeycrisp Apple Trees

Growing an apple tree is easy when proper soil, good drainage, attention to moisture, and regular fertility are maintained. Once you've chosen an apple tree that works for your climate, in the size you need for your landscape, and its pollinator (if needed), then you've accomplished half the battle!

  • Apple trees do best in full sun and well-drained soil
  • Water your apple trees when it gets dry - especially during the fruit production stage, and drought periods to keep them stress-free
  • Use arborists' wood chips to mulch over the roots of your apples and have your soil tested to see what your soil may be lacking before adding fertilizers
  • Maintenance pruning and shaping

Honey Crisps tolerate a wide range of soils, so long as water and nutrients are not limited and the pH level is adequate.

How to Fertilize Honeycrisp Apple Trees

For the first year, water alone is most important. It is always best to get a soil test to see what your soil is lacking before adding more fertilizers. Once established, a fertilizer routine may be beneficial. We do offer some excellent slow-release organic options, applied according to the package directions.

Fruit trees need more phosphate and it's possible to apply too much nitrogen which affects the soil's pH. Test soil acidity or alkalinity using a pH Tester.

Fertilize in spring when you first see new growth emerging.

  • Don't overdo it
  • Phosphates are your friends
  • Pay attention to pH in areas with extremely high or low soil pH
  • Follow the directions

Honeycrisp Apple Tree Pollinating Info

Honeycrisp is self-fruiting and doesn't need a pollinating partner, but will bear more fruit when paired with these varieties:

Harvest Times for Honeycrisp Apple Trees

Honeycrisp’s are typically ready to harvest in August.

Early-Season? Mid-Season? Late-Season? The terminology can be confusing for new apple tree growers. Weather, climate and your tree determine when it's ripe.

For Apples:

  • Early-season is usually June-July
  • Mid-season can be August-September
  • Late-season can be from late September-November

The growing season consists of spring, summer, and fall, and varies with climate and weather. Areas with longer growing seasons in the warmer hardiness zones can greatly affect the harvest times for each particular apple variety grown in your area. Learn which growing zone you are in.

What Shipping Options Do You Offer?

NatureHills.com works closely with our growers and nursery professionals to ensure we ship when it is most appropriate for your area. Our goal is to deliver the hardiest plants by avoiding extreme high and low temperatures. Check out our shipping schedule for more information and to learn our wills and won'ts when it comes to shipping plants. Find your Honeycrisp Apple Tree for sale here at NatureHills.com!

Rootstocks Explained

Apple trees have been grafted onto different rootstocks since before the mid-1800s. Different rootstocks are used to improve the anchoring of trees, eliminate diseases, and reduce the natural mature size of the tree itself. While there are many different types of rootstock, they are all labeled as being either Dwarf, Semi-Dwarf, or Standard.

The apple descriptions, including flowering, pollination, and apple characteristics are the same whether the plant is grown on a standard rootstock or some varying dwarfing rootstock. The overall size can vary by climate and soil but the understock used is ultimately what affects the mature size.

There will be some variation in sizes but as a guide, we are suggesting the overall mature size of these apple varieties are:

Semi-Dwarf Apples

  • Height: 12-18 feet
  • Spread: 10 - 15 feet

Standard Apples

  • Height 18 - 25 feet
  • Spread: 15 - 18 feet

Remember that all fruit tree sizes can easily be altered if needed by simple pruning as the trees grow and develop.

How long does it take a Honeycrisp Apple tree to bear fruit?

Nature Hills ships plants with mature root systems and the trees you’ll receive plants already 2-4 years of age. Honeycrisp Apple Trees produce fruit between 3-5 years of age, so you won’t wait long to see your first harvest.

Will a single Honeycrisp apple tree produce fruit? Do you need two Honeycrisp Apple trees?

Honeycrisp apple trees are self-fertile but will produce a far larger crop with the help of a pollinator partner. These trees pair great with Gala Apple Tree, Granny Smith Apple Tree, Empire Apple Tree, McIntosh Apple Tree, and Red Delicious Apple Tree.



How big does a Honeycrisp apple tree get?

The semi-dwarf trees can reach 12 - 18 feet in height and standard height trees can reach 18 - 25 feet in mature height.




Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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A Great Save on Popular Honeycrisp Apple

The Honeycrisp apple was almost trashed. It is hard to believe that one of the most popular varieties of apples grown today was saved from being discarded after 19 years of testing.

In 1979, a young man named David Bedford was working on the apple breeding program at the University of Minnesota's Horticultural Research Program. The cross had been evaluated though the 1960's and was designated in 1974 as MN1711.

Bedford wondered about a group of apples growing in a low, wet area in the orchard marked for removal. He decides that the evaluation of these poorly growing trees was unfair and had them budded and replanted.

The reason why? Bedford recalls an article in The Splendid Table magazine from Oct 2017, "When I tasted Honeycrisp, it reset my brain as to what was possible, and it was so good. I wasn't even sure what it was. It was a totally unexpected experience. "

Finally setting fruit in 1983, Bedford declares this selection as outstanding and has promise. By 1987, the soon to be Honeycrisp apple is rated at the top of his list for introduction and is patented in 1988. Finally, in 1991, Honeycrisp is released for sale.

The Honeycrisp is released as a cross of Macoum and Honeygold, but this would be challenged in 2004 by a group of genetic researchers which includes Bedford. It is discovered that in fact the Honeycrisp is not a cross between Macoum and Honeygold at all, rather, another variety developed by the research program named 'Keepsake', but the other parent went unidentified in 2004. Then, in 2017, the other parent is identified through DNA as an unreleased cultivar MN1627, the parents of which are the Duchess of Oldenburg crossed with Golden Delicious.

Today, Honeycrisp is one of the leading apples grown commercially and in home gardens in cold climates across the United States. The University of Minnesota's Horticultural research program continues to introduce other exciting varieties for the cold region growers.

PLANT HIGHLIGHTS

Honeycrisp Apple Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 3-8
Growing Zones 3-8
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Malus 'Honeycrisp'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height Semi-Dwarf Height: 12 - 18 feet | Standard Height: 18 - 25 feet
Mature Spread Semi-Dwarf Spread: 10 - 15 feet | Standard Spread: 15 - 18 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Yellow
Harvest Time Early Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Pruning Time When Dormant