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Honeycrisp™ Apple Tree

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Once a weekFull sunDeer resistantSpring
  • Exceptionally Crisp Apples: The Honeycrisp Apple Tree lives up to its name, offering incredibly crisp and juicy apples with a perfect balance of sweetness and tartness, ideal for both eating fresh and culinary uses.

  • Pollinator-Friendly: Not only does this tree yield delicious fruit, but its fragrant spring blooms also attract a range of pollinators, contributing to a healthy and vibrant garden ecosystem.

  • Fragrant Spring Blooms: The Honeycrisp Apple Tree features beautiful, aromatic white flowers that bloom in the spring, not only adding aesthetic appeal to your garden but also serving as a harbinger of the delectable fruits to come.

  • Versatile Planting Options: Suited for both in-ground and container planting, the Honeycrisp Apple Tree offers flexibility in garden design, making it a versatile choice for spaces large and small.

  • *We cannot guarantee the Honeycrisp Apple Tree you receive will already be bearing fruit. This depends on the season and the overall growth pattern of the tree.

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The Honeycrisp™ Apple Tree, scientifically known as Malus 'Honeycrisp', is a remarkable fruit tree highly regarded for its delicious, crisp, and sweet-tart apples. A true standout in orchards and home gardens, this apple tree is loved by gardeners and wildlife alike for its fragrant spring blooms. Under optimal care, the Honeycrisp Apple Tree adapts well to various climates, promising bountiful harvests that make it a must-have for anyone eager to elevate their outdoor space with fresh, homegrown produce.

Growth rate: Moderate growth rate; reaching a mature height of 12-15 feet and width of 10-12 feet.

Sizing: Our fruit and citrus trees are primarily utilized as outdoor patio or indoor plants and are potted. Accordingly, we measure our fruit and citrus trees from the bottom of the pot to the top of the tree for accuracy.

Please note: Images on our website depict plants and trees at full maturity to showcase their expected grown characteristics. These images are illustrative examples only and do not represent the size of plants or trees upon delivery.

Pruning: Annual pruning is recommended during the dormant season to remove dead or diseased branches and to shape the tree for optimal fruit production.

Fertilization: Apply a balanced fertilizer in early spring to support healthy growth and a fruitful harvest.

Winter Protection: Mulching around the base of the tree can help retain soil moisture and provide insulation against winter chill.


For planting the Honeycrisp Apple Tree, select a location with well-drained soil that receives full sun to partial shade. Dig a hole twice the size of the root ball and set the tree so that the top of the root ball is level with the soil surface. Fill the hole back in with soil and water deeply. Apply a 3-inch layer of mulch around the base of the tree, keeping it a few inches away from the trunk. Water the tree deeply once a week, adjusting for rainfall, and fertilize in early spring for a fruitful harvest.

The Honeycrisp Apple Tree needs consistent watering, especially during dry spells. Water deeply once a week, adjusting as necessary based on rainfall and soil conditions. For best results, make sure the tree receives at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily.

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USDA GROW ZONE:

Zones 3-7

The Honeycrisp Apple Tree is cold-hardy and adapts well to a variety of climates. It prefers well-drained soil and benefits from a location with full sun to partial shade. It's an excellent choice for gardeners in USDA Zones 3-7 looking for a hardy, high-yielding apple tree.

Frequently Asked Questions

Honeycrisp Apple trees typically reach a mature size of about 12 to 15 feet in height and 10 to 15 feet in width, although the ultimate size can vary depending on several factors:

Growing Conditions: The size of Honeycrisp Apple trees can be influenced by environmental factors such as sunlight exposure, soil quality, water availability, and climate. Trees planted in ideal growing conditions with ample sunlight, well-drained soil, and sufficient moisture and nutrients tend to achieve their maximum size more quickly and develop a fuller canopy.

Pruning: Proper pruning practices can influence the size and shape of Honeycrisp Apple trees. Regular pruning helps maintain a balanced canopy, remove dead or diseased wood, and promote airflow and light penetration within the tree. Pruning can also control the tree's size and shape, preventing it from becoming too large or overgrown.

Age of the Tree: Young Honeycrisp Apple trees typically grow more rapidly during their early years of establishment and may reach their full size within 10 to 15 years after planting. As the tree matures, growth rates may slow down, and additional pruning may be necessary to maintain its size and shape.

Overall, Honeycrisp Apple trees are considered moderately sized trees, suitable for backyard orchards and home landscapes. Proper care and maintenance, including regular pruning and monitoring of growth, can help ensure that Honeycrisp Apple trees remain healthy, productive, and aesthetically pleasing in the garden for many years to come.

The growth rate of Honeycrisp Apple trees can vary depending on several factors, including environmental conditions, soil quality, pruning practices, and rootstock selection. On average, Honeycrisp Apple trees exhibit a moderate growth rate, but the following factors can influence their growth:

Age of the Tree: Young Honeycrisp Apple trees typically grow more rapidly during their early years of establishment. Nursery-grown saplings may experience a growth spurt in the first few years after planting as they establish their root systems and develop new branches and foliage.

Growing Conditions: Honeycrisp Apple trees thrive in full sun and well-drained soil with adequate moisture and nutrients. Providing optimal growing conditions, including proper irrigation, fertilization, and soil management, can promote faster growth and overall tree health.

Pruning: Pruning plays a crucial role in shaping the growth habit of Honeycrisp Apple trees and can influence their growth rate. Regular pruning helps maintain a balanced canopy, remove dead or diseased wood, and promote airflow and light penetration within the tree, resulting in healthier growth and improved fruit production.

Overall, under optimal growing conditions and with proper care and maintenance, Honeycrisp Apple trees can grow at a moderate rate, typically reaching a mature height of 12 to 15 feet within 10 to 15 years after planting. However, growth rates may vary, and it's essential to monitor the tree's progress and adjust management practices accordingly to ensure healthy growth and abundant fruit production.

While Honeycrisp Apple trees are partially self-fertile, meaning they can set fruit with their own pollen, planting two or more trees can significantly enhance fruit production and yield for several reasons:

Cross-Pollination: Cross-pollination between different apple varieties, including Honeycrisp and a compatible pollinator, increases fruit set and yield. While Honeycrisp Apple trees can produce fruit on their own, cross-pollination with a different apple variety typically results in larger, more uniform fruit and higher yields. Planting multiple Honeycrisp trees or mixing with other apple varieties ensures adequate pollination and maximizes fruit production.

Pollination Timing: Honeycrisp Apple trees have a mid to late-season bloom period, which may not always overlap with other apple varieties in the same orchard or nearby gardens. Planting multiple Honeycrisp trees or including compatible pollinators with overlapping bloom times ensures consistent pollination and fruit set, even if one variety's bloom period is shorter or earlier than the others.

Genetic Diversity: Planting multiple apple trees, including Honeycrisp and other varieties, enhances genetic diversity within the orchard or garden. This diversity can improve overall orchard health, resilience to pests and diseases, and fruit quality. Additionally, different apple varieties offer unique flavors, textures, and ripening times, providing a diverse and abundant harvest throughout the season.

Aesthetic Appeal: Planting multiple Honeycrisp Apple trees or mixing with other apple varieties adds visual interest and diversity to the landscape. Different apple varieties may exhibit unique growth habits, foliage colors, and bloom characteristics, enhancing the overall beauty of the orchard or garden.

In summary, while Honeycrisp Apple trees can produce fruit on their own, planting two or more trees, including a compatible pollinator, is highly recommended to maximize fruit production, improve fruit quality, and ensure consistent pollination and yield. Be sure to select compatible apple varieties with overlapping bloom times and suitable growing conditions to create a thriving and productive orchard or garden.

The Honeycrisp Apple tree typically begins bearing fruit within 3 to 5 years after planting, although this timeline can vary depending on several factors:

Age of the Tree: Younger trees generally take longer to reach maturity and produce fruit compared to more established, older trees. Most Honeycrisp Apple trees are sold as nursery-grown saplings, typically 1 to 2 years old at the time of purchase. It may take an additional 2 to 3 years for the tree to mature and bear significant fruit crops.

Growing Conditions: The growth rate and fruiting timeline of Honeycrisp Apple trees can be influenced by factors such as soil quality, sunlight exposure, water availability, and overall care and maintenance. Providing optimal growing conditions, including well-drained soil, full sun, adequate water, and proper fertilization, can promote faster growth and earlier fruit production.

Pollination: Honeycrisp Apple trees are partially self-fertile but benefit from cross-pollination with a compatible apple variety to maximize fruit set and yield. Planting a compatible pollinator nearby can help ensure adequate pollination and earlier fruit production. Be sure to select a pollinator with overlapping bloom times and compatible flowering characteristics.

Overall, while Honeycrisp Apple trees may take several years to reach maturity and produce significant fruit crops, proper care and attention to growing conditions can help expedite the process and lead to earlier and more abundant harvests. Patience, along with diligent care and maintenance, will ultimately be rewarded with delicious Honeycrisp apples from your tree.

The best place to plant a Honeycrisp Apple tree is in a location that provides optimal growing conditions for fruit production. Here are some key considerations when selecting a planting site for your Honeycrisp Apple tree:

Sunlight: Choose a site that receives full sun, meaning at least 6 to 8 hours of direct sunlight per day. Adequate sunlight is essential for photosynthesis, flower and fruit development, and overall tree health. Avoid planting in shady areas or near tall buildings or trees that may cast shadows on the tree.

Soil Drainage: Honeycrisp Apple trees prefer well-drained soil that allows excess water to drain freely. Avoid planting in low-lying areas or compacted soils prone to waterlogging, as this can lead to root suffocation and disease. If you have heavy clay soil, consider amending it with organic matter such as compost to improve drainage.

Soil pH: Aim for a slightly acidic to neutral soil pH range of 6.0 to 7.0 for optimal growth and nutrient uptake by the Honeycrisp Apple tree. Conduct a soil test to determine the pH of your planting site and amend the soil as needed to adjust pH levels.

Air Circulation: Plant Honeycrisp Apple trees in an area with good air circulation to minimize the risk of fungal diseases such as apple scab and powdery mildew. Avoid planting in sheltered or enclosed locations where air movement is restricted.

Spacing: Honeycrisp Apple trees require adequate spacing to accommodate their mature size and ensure proper air circulation and light penetration. Space trees at least 15 to 20 feet apart to allow room for growth and facilitate maintenance activities such as pruning and harvesting.

Pollination: Honeycrisp Apple trees are partially self-fertile but benefit from cross-pollination with a compatible apple variety to maximize fruit set and yield. Planting multiple apple trees of different varieties nearby can enhance pollination and fruit production. Be sure to choose compatible pollinators based on bloom time and compatibility charts.

Protection from Frost: Avoid planting Honeycrisp Apple trees in frost pockets or low-lying areas prone to late spring frosts, as frost damage can affect flower buds and reduce fruit yield. Planting on a slight slope or in a location with good air drainage can help minimize the risk of frost damage.

By selecting a planting site that meets these criteria, you can provide the Honeycrisp Apple tree with the best possible growing conditions for healthy growth, fruit production, and overall vigor.

Yes, it is possible to plant a Honeycrisp Apple tree in a pot, but it's important to consider several factors to ensure the tree's health and productivity:

Container Size: Select a large container with adequate drainage holes to accommodate the Honeycrisp Apple tree's root system. A container with a diameter of at least 18 to 24 inches and a depth of 18 to 24 inches is recommended to provide ample space for root growth.

Potting Mix: Use a well-draining potting mix specifically formulated for container gardening. Avoid heavy garden soil, as it can lead to poor drainage and compaction. A high-quality potting mix designed for fruit trees will provide adequate aeration and moisture retention for healthy root development.

Sunlight: Position the potted Honeycrisp Apple tree in a location that receives full sun for at least 6 to 8 hours per day. Adequate sunlight is essential for photosynthesis, fruit production, and overall tree health.

Watering: Container-grown plants require more frequent watering than those planted in the ground. Keep the potting mix consistently moist but not waterlogged, allowing excess water to drain freely from the container. Monitor soil moisture regularly and adjust watering frequency as needed, especially during hot, dry weather.

Fertilization: Container-grown trees may require regular fertilization to replenish nutrients leached from the potting mix during watering. Use a balanced fertilizer formulated for fruit trees and follow the manufacturer's recommendations for application rates and timing.

Pruning: Prune the Honeycrisp Apple tree as needed to maintain its size and shape and encourage fruit production. Remove any dead, diseased, or crossing branches, and thin out excessive growth to improve air circulation and light penetration.

Pollination: Honeycrisp Apple trees require cross-pollination with a compatible apple variety to set fruit. If you're growing the tree in isolation, consider hand pollination using a soft brush to transfer pollen between flowers.

Winter Protection: In regions with cold winters, provide winter protection for the potted Honeycrisp Apple tree to prevent freezing of the roots. Move the container to a sheltered location, insulate it with mulch or straw, or wrap the pot in insulating material to shield the roots from extreme cold.

Overall, growing a Honeycrisp Apple tree in a pot requires careful attention to watering, fertilizing, pruning, and winter care to ensure the tree's success and productivity in a container environment.

For Honeycrisp Apple trees, a balanced fertilizer specifically formulated for fruit trees is ideal. These fertilizers typically contain a blend of essential nutrients, including nitrogen (N), phosphorus (P), and potassium (K), as well as micronutrients like calcium, magnesium, and sulfur.

When selecting a fertilizer for Honeycrisp Apple trees, look for formulations with an N-P-K ratio designed to promote healthy growth and fruit production. A common recommendation is a balanced fertilizer with an N-P-K ratio of 10-10-10 or similar. This balanced blend provides a well-rounded nutrient profile to support overall tree health, root development, and fruit production.

Additionally, consider using a slow-release or controlled-release fertilizer that gradually releases nutrients over time, providing a steady supply of essential elements to the tree's root system. This can help prevent nutrient leaching and ensure sustained growth and productivity throughout the growing season.

It's essential to follow the manufacturer's instructions for application rates and timing when fertilizing Honeycrisp Apple trees. Typically, fertilization is done in early spring before new growth begins and again in late spring or early summer after fruit set. Avoid over-fertilization, as excessive nutrient levels can lead to nutrient imbalances, salt buildup in the soil, and potential damage to the tree.

Regular soil testing can also help determine the specific nutrient needs of your Honeycrisp Apple tree and guide fertilizer application accordingly. Soil tests provide valuable information about soil pH, nutrient levels, and any deficiencies or imbalances, allowing you to tailor your fertilization program to meet the tree's requirements effectively.

In summary, choose a balanced fruit tree fertilizer with an appropriate N-P-K ratio, consider slow-release formulations for sustained nutrient availability, follow recommended application rates and timing, and monitor soil fertility through regular soil testing to ensure optimal growth and fruit production in your Honeycrisp Apple trees.

The best time to plant a Honeycrisp Apple tree is during the dormant season, typically in late winter to early spring or in the fall. Planting during the dormant season allows the tree to establish its root system before the onset of vigorous growth in the spring or exposure to harsh winter conditions.

Late winter to early spring planting:

Advantages: Planting in late winter to early spring, before the tree breaks dormancy, allows it to begin establishing roots in cool, moist soil conditions. This gives the tree a head start on growth once temperatures warm up, promoting healthy development during the growing season.

Considerations: Be mindful of soil moisture levels during late winter or early spring planting, as excessively wet or waterlogged soil can hinder root establishment. Ensure proper drainage and avoid planting in areas prone to waterlogging.

Fall planting:

Advantages: Planting in the fall, after temperatures have cooled but before the ground freezes, allows the tree to take advantage of moderate weather conditions and ample soil moisture. Fall planting also gives the tree several months to establish roots before the arrival of spring growth.

Considerations: Planting too late in the fall, when temperatures are consistently below freezing, may not provide sufficient time for root establishment before winter dormancy. Aim to plant in early to mid-fall to ensure optimal conditions for root growth.

Regardless of the planting season chosen, it's essential to select a site with well-drained soil, ample sunlight (ideally full sun), and sufficient space for the Honeycrisp Apple tree to grow and spread. Proper planting techniques, including digging a wide planting hole, amending the soil as needed, and watering thoroughly after planting, can help ensure the tree's successful establishment and long-term health. Additionally, consider incorporating organic matter or compost into the planting hole to enrich the soil and provide essential nutrients for the tree's growth.

If your Honeycrisp Apple tree is losing leaves, several factors could be contributing to this issue:

Seasonal Leaf Drop: It's normal for deciduous trees like apple trees to shed some leaves in the fall as part of their natural growth cycle. During this process, trees reabsorb nutrients from their leaves and drop them in preparation for winter dormancy. If leaf loss occurs primarily in the fall and is accompanied by the typical color change associated with autumn foliage, it is likely a natural occurrence.

Water Stress: Both overwatering and underwatering can cause leaf drop in apple trees. Overwatering can lead to root suffocation and rot, while underwatering can result in drought stress. Ensure that your Honeycrisp Apple tree is receiving appropriate irrigation, providing enough water to keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Mulching around the base of the tree can help retain soil moisture and regulate temperature.

Nutrient Deficiencies or Imbalances: Nutrient deficiencies, particularly nitrogen, can cause apple trees to drop leaves prematurely. Conduct a soil test to assess nutrient levels and pH, and fertilize your tree accordingly based on the results. Balanced fertilization with a fertilizer formulated for fruit trees can help address any deficiencies and promote healthy leaf growth.

Pests or Diseases: Pest infestations or diseases affecting the leaves can lead to leaf loss in apple trees. Common pests that may attack apple trees include aphids, mites, caterpillars, and scale insects. Diseases such as apple scab, powdery mildew, or fire blight can also cause leaf damage and premature leaf drop. Inspect your tree regularly for signs of pests or diseases and implement appropriate management measures as needed.

Environmental Stress: Environmental factors such as extreme temperatures, frost damage, or exposure to harsh winds can stress apple trees and cause leaf drop. Providing adequate protection from adverse weather conditions, such as windbreaks or shade structures, can help minimize stress on the tree.

Transplant Shock: If your Honeycrisp Apple tree was recently transplanted, it may experience temporary leaf drop as it adjusts to its new environment. This is a common response known as transplant shock and typically resolves as the tree becomes established in its new location.

Cultural Practices: Improper pruning, excessive fertilization, or other cultural practices can also contribute to leaf drop in apple trees. Ensure that you are following recommended care guidelines for apple trees, including appropriate pruning techniques, fertilization schedules, and pest management strategies.

Early detection and intervention can help prevent further damage and promote the overall health and vitality of your Honeycrisp Apple tree.

Several factors could contribute to a Honeycrisp Apple tree not bearing fruit:

Young Age: Apple trees typically take several years to mature and start bearing fruit. If your Honeycrisp Apple tree is still relatively young, it may simply need more time to reach fruit-bearing age. Most apple trees begin producing fruit around 3 to 5 years after planting, but this timeline can vary depending on factors such as rootstock, growing conditions, and cultural practices.

Pollination: Apple trees, including Honeycrisp, require cross-pollination with a compatible apple variety to set fruit. Even if your tree is mature and flowering, it may not bear fruit if there are no nearby apple trees of a compatible variety for pollination. Check if there are other apple trees in the vicinity that bloom around the same time and are compatible pollinators for Honeycrisp. Alternatively, you can plant a compatible pollinator tree nearby to ensure successful pollination.

Poor Pollination Conditions: Even with compatible pollinators present, environmental factors such as cold or rainy weather during the flowering period can hinder pollination and fruit set. Bees and other pollinators may be less active during adverse weather conditions, leading to reduced pollination success. Providing optimal growing conditions and encouraging pollinator activity can improve fruit set.

Pruning Practices: Improper pruning techniques or excessive pruning can affect fruit production in apple trees. Over-pruning can remove too many fruiting spurs or branches, reducing the tree's ability to produce flowers and fruit. Follow recommended pruning guidelines for apple trees to maintain a balanced canopy and encourage fruiting wood.

Nutrient Deficiencies: Nutrient imbalances or deficiencies in the soil can impact the health and productivity of apple trees. Ensure that your Honeycrisp Apple tree receives adequate nutrition by conducting soil tests and providing appropriate fertilization based on the results. A balanced fertilizer formulated for fruit trees can help address any nutrient deficiencies and promote healthy growth and fruit production.

Pest or Disease Issues: Pest infestations or diseases affecting the tree's flowers, foliage, or fruit can interfere with fruit development and reduce yields. Monitor your Honeycrisp Apple tree regularly for signs of pests such as aphids, codling moths, or apple maggots, as well as common apple diseases like apple scab or fire blight. Implement appropriate pest management strategies, including cultural, biological, or chemical controls, to protect your tree and promote fruit production.

By addressing these potential factors and providing optimal growing conditions, you can increase the likelihood of your Honeycrisp Apple tree bearing fruit in the future.

Our Process

We have perfected packaging and shipping plants & trees! That is why we DO NOT use any third-party fulfillment like most other online retailers. Your trees go straight from our farm to your door, safely packaged by our team of seasoned professionals. Our process ensures your plants leave our facility and arrive to your door in the best condition possible!