Fall 2014 / Spring 2015 seasonWe are now taking provisional orders for fall 2014 shipping (warmer zones only) or spring 2015. 

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

Order now for fall 2014 (warm zones) or spring 2015.

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
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

  • Fruit colour: Orange flush
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green

    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

Thought to have originated in Virginia in the 18th century. Widely known as both Hewe's Crab and Virginia Crab.


Botanical name

Malus domestica 'Hewe's Crab'




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