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Honeycrisp Apple tree

Owner: Kathy

Location:  Carrington, NORTH DAKOTA, United States

Age:Planted in about 2006
Age of this tree:21 years
Soil:Beautiful prairie loam. pH 7.5-8 
Climate at this location:Cold, windy prairie. Warm, dryish summers.
Pruning:Yes, for openness and height
Tree form:Central leader (widest at bottom)
Height:Between 6ft / 2m and 15ft / 4m
Cropping:Biennial cropping (alternate years)
Growth:This tree grows easily here
Herbicides:Chemical treatments
Local pests:A few coddling moths seen in 2013

Owner's comments

Very nice shape and structure on these full-sized trees. A bit shy to bear until 2013 when 3 trees were heavily cropped and 3 lightly cropped. Fruit was thinned to 1 fruit per cluster after blossom and final apples were medium to large. Absolutely delicious with beautiful yellow skin color and red, stripey overlay. All they should be. They keep at least 3 months in a normal refrigerator. We are USDA Hardiness zone 4a. previously 3b.

Season records for this tree

  • 2013

    Spring blossom: 5 June
    Harvest: 1st week October  30kg / 66lbs
    Size: 3.5m / 11.7ft high   3.0m / 10.0ft wide
    Canker: Not present
    Scab: Not present
    Mildew: Not present
    Fireblight: Not present
    Cedar-apple rust: Not present
    Woolly aphid: Not present
    Codling moth: Mild attack
    Plum fruit moth: Not present
    Silverleaf: Not present
    Very late season, by 2-3 weeks. Very large crop on 3 of 6 trees that was thinned to 1 apple per cluster. (400 lbs) High acidity in apples this year. OK for me, but too tangy for some others.