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Honeycrisp Apple Tree

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 explode 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 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, slaws, and 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.

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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 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 fruit

Honeycrisp Apple fruit

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Honeycrisp Apple flowers

Honeycrisp Apple flowers

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Height: 15 feet

Spread: 15 feet


Hardiness Zone: 4a


An exceedingly crisp hardy red apple with a sweet and juicy flavor, keeps extremely well; eating apples are high maintenance and need a second pollinator; the perfect combination of accent and fruit tree, needs well-drained soil and full sun

Edible Qualities

Honeycrisp Apple is a small tree that is typically grown for its edible qualities. It produces large red round apples (which are botanically known as ‘pomes’) with creamy white flesh which are usually ready for picking from early to mid fall. The apples have a sweet taste and a crisp texture.

The apples are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Cooking

Features & Attributes

Honeycrisp Apple features showy clusters of lightly-scented white flowers with shell pink overtones along the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive pink flower buds. It has forest green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn yellow in fall. The fruits are showy red apples carried in abundance in early fall. The fruit can be messy if allowed to drop on the lawn or walkways, and may require occasional clean-up.

This is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition. This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Messy
  • Disease

Aside from its primary use as an edible, Honeycrisp Apple is sutiable for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Orchard/Edible Landscaping

Planting & Growing

Honeycrisp Apple will grow to be about 15 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 15 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more. This variety requires a different selection of the same species growing nearby in order to set fruit.

This tree is typically grown in a designated area of the yard because of its mature size and spread. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn’t be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

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Why Honeycrisp Apple Trees?

Crisp, crunchy and amazingly juicy. Honeycrisp Apples are known for their delicious, delectable taste. You’ve most likely purchased these at the store, as they’ve become a consumer favorite.

But as tasty as they are, not even store-bought Honeycrisp Apples compare to the flavor and quality of home-grown Honeycrisps at the peak of ripeness from your own tree. And our Honeycrisp Apple Tree provides fresh fruit without hassle, since they’re grafted from proven root stock, with cold hardiness down to -30 degrees, disease resistance and fruit production in just one year.

Why Fast-Growing-Trees.com is Better

For starters, our Honeycrisp Apple Trees have a longer growing season. You can pick these apples when most other apple trees are ending their seasons. Even better? Because we’ve planted, nurtured and shipped our Honeycrisps with the utmost care, and put in the extra work from day one, it performs well…long before it even arrives to your door.

And it’s a fast grower, so be ready to be impressed quickly. Groomed, monitored and trained for more branching at our nursery, this tree means you won’t have to wait for delicious fruit. Order your own Honeycrisp Apple Tree today – see what all the hype’s about!

Planting & Care

1. Planting: Plant in any area that receives 6 hours of direct sun each day. Well-drained soil is also important for your Honeycrisp. From there, dig a hole that’s twice the width of the root ball and just as deep. Then, place the plant, tamp down your soil and water to settle. Finally, mulch around the area to prevent weed growth.

2. Watering: Your Honeycrisp Apple will benefit from a regular watering each week. When the tree is in a dormant state, only provide enough water to keep the soil slightly moistened. As soon as you see newer growth emerging from the tree, you can water whenever the top 2 inches of the soil feels dry.

3. Pruning: Once your tree has become established and is starting to bear fruit, it will need some periodic, moderate pruning. Only prune the tree during times of dormancy, making sure to remove any vigorous, upright stems and weak, damaged or dead branches. Low-hanging, droopy branches should also be removed. Pruning aids production, so it’s great for your tree!

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The fruit

The Sweet Sixteen is an attractive apple; medium sized and yellow in colour with red stripes. This apple is known in particular for its unique taste: sweet with an acidic hint, and incredibly full-flavoured. It is also crisp and very juicy. The taste of this apple ranges from hints of cider, spices, anise, cherry, vanilla bourbon and nuttiness, to name just a few! The flavour is already good before the apple is completely ripe; at this point it has more tartness and the cherry flavour is more pronounced; but at full ripeness its taste is really amazing; on our table it’s the apple everyone reaches for first!

It’s a wonderful apple to eat fresh but also gives excellent results when cooked. The taste is even more refined when the summer is not too hot. The fruit matures on a three week period and will keep for about 4 months in a cool room.

The tree

The Sweet Sixteen apple tree has resistance to most diseases. Hardy to zone 3b, it’s quite vigorous and easy to grow.


The Sweet Sixteen apple can be traced back to the work of Dr. William H. Alderman. In 1936, at the University of Minnesota in Minneapolis, Dr. Alderman crossed the varieties Minnesota 447 (also known as Frostbite) and Northern Spy, to produce an apple treethat he named MN1593. In 1947, a series of tests on the MN1593 variety were carried out. This continued for 31 years until Sweet Sixteen was released to nurseries in 1978. You can see Dr. Alderman in the photo. Just as we are, Dr. Alderman was also promoting standard rootstock on apple trees when growing in northern areas.

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