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  • Pollinator Required ? Yes 
  • Type : semi dwarf 
  • Characteristics : sweet 
  • Mature Height : 12-14 feet 
  • Support Required : No
  • Bloom Period : Mid April
  • Sun Exposure : Full Sun 
  • Will Produce Fruit In: 3-5 years 
  • Harvest Period : Mid Sept 
  • Soil Type : well drained
  • Zones :  3 - 6

The Honeycrisp Apple Tree - Malus domestica "Honeycrisp" : 

The Honeycrisp apple is a high quality apple which keeps well for 5-6 months in common storage. The tree is one of the most vigorous and hardy of apple trees, showing little damage at -40 degrees. Needs to be thinned heavily. Honeycrisp fruit is characterized by an exceptionally crisp and juicy texture. Its flesh is cream colored and coarse.

The flavor is sub-acid and ranges from mild and well-balanced to strongly aromatic, depending on the degree of maturity. Great eating apple with its subacid flavor. Develops its full aromatic flavor if left on the tree until mid October. 

The Honeycrisp apple tree grows best in Zones 3 to 6. More info on Hardiness Zones

Zone 3  -30 Degrees °F to -40 Degrees °F
Zone 6  -0  Degrees °F to +10 Degrees °F

Honeycrisp apple History

Honeycrispâ„¢ (Malus domestica 'Honeycrisp') is an apple cultivar developed at the Minnesota Agricultural Experiment Station's Horticultural Research Center at the University of Minnesota, Twin Cities. Selected in 1974 as Minnesota 1711, and released in 1991, the Honeycrisp has rapidly become a prized commercial commodity, as its sweetness, firmness, and tartness make it an ideal apple for eating raw. The Honeycrisp also retains its pigment well, and boasts a relatively long shelf life when stored in cool, dry conditions.

US Plant Patent 7197 as well as Report 225-1992 (AD-MR-5877-B) from the Horticultural Research Center indicate that the Honeycrisp is a hybrid of the apple cultivars Macoun and Honeygold. However, genetic fingerprinting conducted by a group of researchers that included those attributed on the patent later determined that neither of these cultivars is a parent of the Honeycrisp, but that the Keepsake (another apple developed by the same U of M crossbreeding program) is one of the parents. The other parent has not been identified.

In 2006, the Andersen Elementary school in Bayport petitioned for the Minnesota state legislature to make the Honeycrisp apple the state fruit.

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