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Pixie CrunchTM apple

Pixie Crunchis a trademark of Purdue University.


Last updated 16 Feb 2014.

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Current rating: 4.6 out of 5. Total votes cast: 13

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09 Jul 2018 
I've grown 8 of these trees over the years, 3 on M7 and 5 on G30... all in North Carolina. While fireblight and cedar-apple rust can be severe, they can be grown in the Southeast with a good fungicide/insecticide program. They have a great flavor and the crispness is exceptional. Of the over 50 kinds of apples I have grown, this was the most popular with folks. It is among my top 10 favorite apples for fresh eating.

25 Jun 2018 
I planted 5 varieties at the same time - 2 disease resistant, 2 heirloom and the Pixie Crunch. Cedar apple rust and fireblight are problems here and the Pixie Crunch needed more attention than the others put together. Since my goal was as low maintenance as possible, the tree had to go. It already had half the limbs removed due to fireblight and the rest of the leaves all showed cedar apple rust even after being on a spray schedule.

22 Feb 2018 
I purchased a dwarf Pixie Crunch a few years back. The first year it produced one Apple, which was very crisp and sweet. The following winter was harsh and a heavy snowfall broke the tree off at the ground. I have since purchased another one which is growing very well and hopefully will produce some fruit this year. I love the crispness and the sweet, juicy flavor of this apple.

30 Jul 2017 
2nd year. Let 4 apples grow. Waiting to mature

14 Sep 2016 
Small fruit with a great hard, crisp, breaking texture. A bit more dense and a bit sweeter than Honeycrisp. An average amount of juice, not great complex flavor but very good. Classic apple flavor with a bit grassy smell.

28 Oct 2015 
What nice little apple. Crisp, with a nicely balanced sweetness and a lovely perfume. Perfect size for a linch box or for after dinner with wanuts and cheese.

27 Jan 2012 
These apples are crisp, juicy, sweet, slightly tart. A great lunch box apple: small, and delicious.

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Small, sweet flavored, crisp and juicy apple. Greenish-yellow base color with 90-100% red-purple overcolor.

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  • Species: Malus domestica
  • Parentage: PRI 669-205 x PCF 2-134
  • Originates from: United States
  • Introduced: 1993
  • Developed by: PRI (Purdue, Rutgers, Illinois Co Op)
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1840


  • Fruit colour: Red / Green
  • Fruit shape: Round


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Harvest period: Mid season
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering period: Mid-Late season
  • Flowering group: 4
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Vigour: Average growth
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
  • General disease resistance: Good


  • Climate suitability: Warm climates
  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Climate suitability: Tolerates cold winters


  • Scab  - Very resistant
  • Mildew  - Some susceptibility
  • Fireblight  - Some susceptibility
  • Cedar apple rust  - Very susceptible

Relationships to other varieties

Parents and other ancestors of this variety:

References and further reading about this variety

  • PRI Coop 33 variety description  1993
    Author: PRI

Pixie Crunch identification photos from website visitors

Pixie Crunch
Pixie Crunch

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The following Pixie Crunch trees have been registered - click the name to view more details of each tree.

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United States


  • Hayden in Winslow, VICTORIA, AUSTRALIA

Latest Spring blossom records for this variety

2017 season

  • June  2017  - tree owned by Jason in San Diego, United States
  • 3rd April  2017  - tree owned by Anton in Pittsboro, United States

2016 season

  • 15th May  2016  - tree owned by Jason in San Diego, United States

2014 season

  • 15th May  2014  - tree owned by Francis in Wilkes Barre, United States
  • 13th May  2014  - tree owned by Don in Twisp, United States

2013 season

  • May  2013  - tree owned by Tom in Perryville, United States
  • May  2013  - tree owned by Cheri in Plover, United States
  • 10th April  2013  - tree owned by Gil in Snohomish, United States

2012 season

  • May  2012  - tree owned by Tom in Perryville, United States
  • April  2012  - tree owned by Cheri in Plover, United States

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Latest harvest records for this variety

2017 season

  • 1st week September  2017  - tree owned by Anton in Pittsboro, United States

2016 season

  • 2nd week September  2016  - tree owned by David in Rural Ridge, United States

2014 season

    2013 season

    • 2nd week October  2013  - tree owned by Gil in Snohomish, United States
    • 2nd week October  2013  - tree owned by Cheri in Plover, United States

    2012 season

    • September  2012  - tree owned by Tom in Perryville, United States

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