Honeycrisp Apple Tree
Grow Best-Selling Apples in Your Own Yard!
Have you had the pleasure of biting into a Honeycrisp apple bought at your local market? The thought of that sweet tang and solid crunch is probably making your mouth water right now.
Now 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!) that apple before it goes on your family’s table.
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.
Some of the benefits of this tree are that the round yellow fruit with a red blush ripen in September and don’t immediately drop when ripe, so you can take your time in picking them.
It only grows to 20 feet and spreads an equal distance so it is the perfect size for an urban or suburban garden. Its low canopy makes it ideal for planting under power lines or in other such troublesome locations.
It needs full sun for optimal growth and you can increase your fall yield if you plant another variety close by to aid in pollination. Suggested pollinators are Gala, Granny Smith, Empire, McIntosh and Red Delicious. It is not pollinated by Gravenstein.
We take pride in delivering the highest quality plants with healthy roots and full, well-established stems and foliage. Our Honeycrisp apple trees are always in high demand. Order now before they sell out!
* Round Yellow Fruit with a Red Blush
* Prolonged Ripening
* Compact Tree
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
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|3.5" Container||Equal to||.67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Equal to||.87 dry quart / .96 dry liter 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|
|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|
|#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|
|#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.
|Brand||Nature Hills Nursery|
|Botanical Name||Malus 'Honeycrisp'|
|Mature Height||Semi-Dwarf: 15 - 20 feet|
|Soil Type||Well Drained|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Fruiting Time||3 - 5 years|