Hewe's Crab crab apple trees

  • Pick: Late-season
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Self-fertile
  • Uses: Cookery | Juicing | Cider 

Hewe's Crab is a very old crab apple, also commonly known as Virginia Crab.

Although most crab apples are grown for their ornamental value, Hewe's Crab is grown primarily for cider production. It produces a high quality clear juice which adds a dry flavor to cider mixes.

Crab apple photo courtesy of apple enthusiast Mike, Glen Rock PA

Last orders for delivery to reach us by 30th April

Hewe's Crab crab apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Small  (6ft - 9ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.41 rootstock  (dwarf) $29.00 Sold outalert me
Medium  (8ft - 10ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.202 rootstock  (semi-dwarf) $29.00 Sold outalert me
Full size  (14ft+ after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - Bud. 118 rootstock  (vigorous) $29.00 Sold outalert me

Delivery discounts. Prices are for individual trees excluding delivery. There is no minimum quantity but it is cost effective to order in multiples of 4 trees.

Delivery period: Trees are delivered in March and April. However it is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you. If you live in a warm zone (e.g. Southern California, Alabama etc.) Fall delivery is possible. More details on our spring shipping schedule by state.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime - see our Tree Height Calculator.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

Summary features of Hewe's Crab

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 3?
  • Pollinating others: Good?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Attractive blossom

Uses

  • Picking season: Late?
  • Use / keeping: 1-2 months?
  • Flavour quality: Very good?
  • Good for cooking
  • Good for juice
  • Good for hard cider
  • Drying / Discoloring: Very oxidising?

Identification

Climate

  • Warm climates?
  • Temperate climates

Pollination guide for Hewe's Crab

Hewe's Crab is in flowering group 3. Hewe's Crab is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, although fruiting may be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.

Like most crab-apples it blooms over a long period and is therefore a good pollinator for other apple and cider-apple varieties flowering at the same time.

Historical details

Hewe's Crab is thought to have originated in Virginia in the 18th century. It is widely known as both Hewe's Crab and Virginia Crab. Some authorities consider it to be a regular apple rather than a crab-apple, on account of the relatively large size of the fruits.

Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Hewe's Crab'