Honeycrisp may be one of best overall apples to grow on the prairies. It has become a popular orchard apple and can be seen in grocery store shelves across the country. These large 6 to 8cm apples are a perfect balance sweetness and tartness. It has fine texture with a nice crispness and juiciness texture. It is great to eat fresh and will keep up to 6 months when properly stored. The tree tends to be biannual bearing but fruit thinning can help with this. Fruit matures around mid-September. Introduced by the University of Minnesota in 1991.
The Honeycrisp apple will do best grown in urban sites such as cities and towns as it sometimes struggles with die back in rural areas. However there are specimens that do well in rural areas, so it may be worth a try in a protected area.
Hardiness Zone: 3b
Height at Maturity: 18 feet
Spread: 15 feet
Soil Preference: Well drained
Light: Full sun
Pollination: Self-sterile (Needs another apple tree nearby for best pollination)
Latin Name: Malus ‘Honeycrisp’