Honeycrisp Apple Tree 3-4' Whip

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Honeycrisp Apple Tree 3-4' Whip

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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. Buy one of the varieties listed below under "Related Products" to do the trick. 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 below for proper planting and care information.

*This Apple tree is a semi dwarf size and should reach about 15' in height with a spread of 5-7' at maturity.  A whip is simply a younger tree with little or no side branching.  All of our semi-dwarf apple trees are grown on MM106 root stock.

  • Zones
    4 to 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 on average
  • Moisture Requirements
    Moist but well drained soils

Product questions

  • Aaron Ebert
    Nov 3, 2017, 10:15

    What is the typical life of a semi-dwarf Honeycrisp tree? How many years can you expect it to produce fruit assuming proper practices are followed?

    Nov 6, 2017, 13:34

    Standard size fruit trees may take 8-10 years to produce. They may have a lifespan of 35-45+ years in the best conditions. Semi-dwarf trees have a lifespan of 20-25 years and will produce fruit in 3-5 years.


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.

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