Maintain the first years branch whorl by clipping out competing suckers and positioning branch spreaders if needed. Having said that, we think it probably grows better in areas with reasonable amounts of sunshine. It lives up to its name - it is a remarkably crisp apple and we think is one of the best new apples of the late 20th century. Unusually for a modern American apple, Honeycrisp has some balancing acidity to its flavour that will appeal to European tastes. However this is not the dense crispness of a Braeburn but more like the light airy crispness of Spartan or Empire, making it a very pleasant, refreshing, un-demanding apple â best served slightly cooled.Â Parentage: Keepsake x MN1627. Tie the trunk of the honeycrisp apple tree to the support post when the tree sets its first crop. The skin may be flecked with occasional russet dots.