KinderKrisp Apple Tree (Malus domestica ‘KinderKrisp’)

KinderKrisp Apple Tree

  • Perfect Size for a Healthy Snack
  • Kid-Sized Apples
  • Sweet Flavor with Firm Flesh
  • Tastes Like SweeTango
  • Sport of Honeycrisp
  • Cold Hardy
  • Compact Size
  • Late August Ripening Time

Petite and sweet: the KinderKrisp Apple (Malus x ‘KinderKrisp’) produces dainty apples that produce huge smiles. The KinderKrisp Apple is a remarkable sport of the famous Honeycrisp.

These wunderkind apples are the perfect size for little hands and little mouths–these crisp apples are the perfect snack for little ones and a great choice to inspire healthy eating habits for little ones.

This well-performing tree won’t take up too much space in your yard, but it will fill basket after basket with tasty apples. Between its manageable size and spectacular flavor, it’s no wonder the KinderKrisp Apple is a favorite among home growers and first-time apple tree owners.

Not only is the KinderKrisp Apple perfect for the backyard, but it also is one of the most cold-hardy apple trees out there.

KinderKrisp Apples are one of the best varieties for eating right from the tree. When you sink your teeth into these pint-sized apples, you will be met with a clean sweet flavor and crisp texture.

These small apples are sweeter than most and mimic the texture and juice-level of its parentage, the Honeycrisp. The flavor will remind you of SweeTango® apple that recently was introduced by the U of MN.

These bright little apples are firm with marigold flesh that often has red starbursts. And while they are best known for being an ideal apple to eat fresh, they also make rich apple butter and delicious applesauce.

Like its parent, the KinderKrisp Apple also features an enticing stippled appearance with bands of gold and soft yellows. These glowing beauties are a painterly sight that makes for fantastic photos and a charming display when gathered in a bowl on your dining table or in a DIY gift basket for friends, family, neighbors, or co-workers.

You will know when your KinderKrisp Apples are ready for harvest. This tree glows red when ready. With brilliant clusters of ripe apples, you will want to snap a few photos before getting to work picking your season’s bounty.

When August arrives, prepare your kids for apple-picking seasons. The KinderKrisp’s apples will be ready and ripe enough to harvest in August and into September.

For best production, you will want to pair this petite tree with a partner pollinator. You can use any of these fantastic varieties: Yellow Delicious, Rome, white blooming crabapples, or other hardy apple trees.

While this great variety produces some of the tastiest apples you’ll ever have the privilege of eating, this elegant apple tree also creates a spring spectacle of white blooms. These delightful flowers bloom in snowy white pom poms.

Not only is this dramatic display striking, but these blooms fill the air with the perfume of sweet apple blossoms. These happy blooms are also a favorite among bees and other pollinators.

How to Use the KinderKrisp Apple in the Landscape

The KinderKrisp Apple is a compact tree that can add verdant beauty to almost any spot in your yard. Plant yours nearby your other apple favorites. A small grouping of apple trees adds charm and whimsy to your landscape.

As a semi-dwarf apple tree, you will want to choose a spot where you can admire its blooms and fruit from your doorstep. If you have a veggie garden, consider using the KinderKrisp Apple as a rustic backdrop to celebrate your green thumb and resourcefulness.

If you want to conserve yard space, you can plant your KinderKrisp Apple alongside a partner tree, allowing them to share a hole and intermingle.

Tips for Care

Plant your KinderKrisp Apple in full sun with well-drained soil. Be sure your KinderKrisp Apple receives adequate airflow and can dry its foliage in the morning sun. Even moisture and watering your KinderKrisp Apple during dry spells ensures the largest fruit and best production.

Prune your KinderKrisp Apple in winter. For best health, do not remove more than 20% of branches and foliage. Fruit is born on spurs.

Treat yourself and your family to sweet, sweet apples and a fresh treat come fall. Don’t miss your chance to devote a corner of your yard to these delicious apples and the memories of plucking these tasty treats directly from the branches.

KinderKrisp Apple Tree (Malus domestica ‘KinderKrisp’) Details

Common name KinderKrisp Apple Tree
Botanical name Malus domestica 'KinderKrisp'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 3-7
Growth rate Medium
Height 25 ft.
Width 15 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Medium
Soil condition Well Drained
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Late Winter
Flower color White