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Honeycrisp Apple

Will Ship Spring 2024

Plant Type: Dormant, bare-root

Zones:  4-8

Soil Type:  Clay, Loamy & Sandy Soils

Site Selection: Full Sun

Mature Height & Width:  15' Height and 5-7' Spread

Growth Rate:  Moderate - 12-24" per year once established

Moisture Requirements: Average

Plant Characteristics

Honeycrisp Apple Tree

The Honey Crisp apple is characterized by an extremely crisp and juicy texture. The flesh from this apple is coarse and its color is cream. The sub-acid flavor ranges from well balanced and mild to very aromatic depending on how mature the apple is. The Honeycrisp apple stores well for long periods of time. The amazing flavor and texture can be kept for at least six months in refrigerated storage. This apple tree needs another pollinator of a different variety planted within 50' of it in order to ensure proper pollination. All of our apple trees will pollinate one another. Apple trees prefer deep, fertile, moist but well drained soil but will grow in clay and sandy soil as well.

Click on the "More Info" tab above for proper planting and care information.

*This Apple tree is a semi-dwarf size and should reach about 15-20' in height at maturity. A whip is simply a younger tree with little or no side branching. This dwarf apple tree is grown on G935 root stock.

Planting Instructions for Apple Trees

Site selection

First off, make sure you pick a correct planting location.  Apple trees should receive at least 6 hours of full sun during the day.  When possible, it is beneficial to have morning sunlight shine on your apple trees.  This will help dry the dew which has formed on the leaves overnight and greatly lower the chance of diseases such as powdery mildew. 

Soil considerations

Apple trees prefer deep soil that is not compacted and is well drained.  If you are planting one in an area of heavy clay, a spot which was compacted by heavy equipment such as a bulldozer, or an area which is routinely wet, seriously consider making a raised planting bed.  The bed should be 1.5’ to 2’ deep and six to eight feet wide.  Fill the bed with rich topsoil, a sandy loam mixture is ideal when available.  A bed such as this will let the roots penetrate the soil and allow proper drainage to occur.

Planting method and root depth

Soak the apple tree in a bucket or tub of water for 3-4 hours prior to planting.  This will allow the tree to properly hydrate before it is placed into the ground.  Next, dig your planting hole large enough that all of the roots are naturally spread out.  The ideal position of the roots when the tree is planted is the same position they are in before planting.  The roots of the tree should not be bent up or down or curl around inside of the planting hole. The planting depth is important too.  Use a bamboo stake or other thin, rigid object and lay it across the planting hole.  Look for the soil line on the tree from when it was removed from its original planting location and plant the tree at the same depth.  If no soil line is visible, plant the tree so the graft union is visible at the soil line.  The graft union should not be out of the ground and it should not be buried.  Fill the planting hole with soil and firm the soil around the root system.  Be sure that the soil is firm enough that it will not settle when watered and that the roots are not too compacted.  Soak the planting site well and recheck the planting depth one last time.


Making sure your new apple trees receive the proper amount of moisture is critical to their survival.  It is important that the trees get a deep watering at least once per week from either a rain event or a supplemental watering that you do yourself.  Trees receiving too much regular watering can be killed.  A thorough soaking and then letting them sit for the next week is ideal rather than watering each day.  This also forces the roots down into the soil rather than staying shallow.  We recommend placing a layer of mulch which is 2-3’ wide and 3-5” deep around your newly planted tree.  This will help the soil retain moisture and help moderate the temperature around the root zone.  Just be sure that the mulch does not touch the trunk of the tree.  Mulch up against the trunk of a tree can cause moisture to build up, and create an ideal place for insects and pests, diseases and decay.

Protecting your trees

Finally, it is important to protect your trees from the pests of the furry variety.  Rabbits and deer are the worst offenders and can make short work of fruit trees, especially younger ones.  If rabbits or deer are a problem in your area, place a fence that is 48” high and 3-4’ in diameter around your trees.  This last step will save you the headaches of coming to find damage or destruction of your own orchard.

Product Questions

Will this tree grow at high altitudes? I live at 7000 ft
Question by: Melissia Steele on Nov 6, 2020, 7:21 AM
The Honeycrisp apple is okay to plant at a higher elevation, it is a cold tolerant semi dwarf variety that should work in your environment.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Nov 6, 2020, 11:35 AM
I bought a couple Honeycrisp trees last year and one of them developed a branch that came off the trunk very low on the tree. Should this branch be trimmed off regardless since it could become a secondary trunk? I guess I could really use some guidelines for trimming.
Question by: Stan Huhman on Nov 22, 2021, 2:01 PM
Where the root stock is grafted is an area that has a bit of a bud swell on the tree. Any branches budding below the graft bud swell should be pruned off, those stems will not produce the Honeycrisp apple. If there are branches very low on you tree above the bud swell, it will not hurt to trim them off at the trunk of the tree to keep the lateral branching higher up on the tree.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Nov 22, 2021, 2:14 PM
How long does it take til they bear fruit?
Question by: Carol Smolsky on Dec 24, 2021, 7:11 AM
It can take 3-5 years to produce fruit.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Dec 27, 2021, 8:30 AM
How far apart should semi-dwarf Honey Crisp apple trees be planted?
Question by: John on Apr 5, 2023, 9:48 AM
For proper pollination plant within 50' of another apple variety. Spacing can be as close as 8-10' apart, make sure to leave enough room for any kind of equipment to go around the trees and good air circulation.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Apr 5, 2023, 10:32 AM