Honeycrisp apple trees

  • Pick: Late-season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Uses: Eat fresh 
  • Disease-resistance: Good
  • Pollination partners

Honeycrisp is a very attractive high quality dessert apple with a predominantly sweet flavour. It lives up to its name - it is a remarkably crisp apple and we think is one of the best new apples of the late 20th century.

Unusually for a modern American apple, Honeycrisp has some balancing acidity to its flavour that will appeal to European tastes. If you like a crisp, light-textured apple with a sweet but tangy flavour, Honeycrisp is worth a try.

The apples are medium-to-large in size, with a light green/yellow background largely covered with red-orange flush occasionally with a hint of pink. They keep well in storage, and retain their crispness.

Honeycrisp is also highly disease-resistant, making it a good choice for organic growers.

Honeycrisp apple trees for sale

Order now for delivery from week commencing 6th March.

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity

Pot-grown fruit trees

Medium  (2.2m - 3m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - M26 rootstock £29.95 Sold outalert me
Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 2-year bush-trained - 12l pot - MM106 rootstock £29.95

Bare-root fruit trees

Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - MM106 rootstock £17.45 Sold outalert me

Delivery period: Pot-grown trees can be delivered from September onwards. Bare-root trees can be delivered from mid-November onwards. Within those periods you can specify your preferred month of delivery during the checkout process. It is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. See photos of trees as supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

Summary features of Honeycrisp

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Average?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Weak growing?
  • Precocity: Precocious?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening?
  • Overall disease resistance: Good?
  • Organic / no-spray culture?
  • Scab: Very resistant?
  • Mildew: Some susceptibility?
  • Fireblight: Some resistance?
  • Cedar apple rust: Some susceptibility?
  • Bitter pit: Some susceptibility?

Uses

  • Picking season: Late?
  • Use / keeping: 3 months or more?
  • Flavour quality: Very good?
  • Flavour style: Sweeter
  • Good for eating fresh
  • Drying / Discoloring: Oxidising?

Identification

  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Best sellers?

Climate

  • Warm climates?
  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • Mild / damp climates?
  • Cold hardiness: -40F / -40C?
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Honeycrisp

Honeycrisp is in flowering group 4. Honeycrisp is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another tree of a different variety nearby.

How to grow Honeycrisp apple trees

Honeycrisp is considered one of the most disease-resistant modern apples in the USA. Our first UK trials were in the dreadful rain-soaked 2012 season, and Honeycrisp sailed through with a heavy crop of high quality apples which looked and tasted just like US-grown ones. The only blemish on its record in the UK is a suspectibility to mildew, which might worry commercial growers but is not likely to be an issue for gardeners.

Honeycrisp was also developed to withstand the cold winters of North America - Canadian researchers have found it can survive temperatures as low as -35C - so it is quite at home throughout the UK and potentially a good choice for very cold situations.

Having said that, we think it probably grows better in areas with reasonable amounts of sunshine.

It is a good idea to let Honeycrisp trees reach their full size before allowing cropping to begin, so remove any fruitlets that might form in the early years.

Historical details

Honeycrisp was introduced in the 1990s by the University of Minnesota. It has uncertain origins but is probably distantly related to Keepsake and hence Northern Spy, a traditional American variety. The apples are sometimes available in European supermarkets, usually sold as "Honeycrunch".

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Honeycrisp'


UK-grown trees All our trees are grown in the UK.