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Wickson Crab crab apple trees

  • Pick: Late-season
  • Flowering group: 2
  • Uses: Juicing | Cider 

Wickson Crab is a popular crab apple with dense white blossom followed by attractive pink/red flushed apples.

Wickson Crab apples contain plenty of pectin and are therefore useful in the kitchen for jams and jellies.

Unusually for a crab apple, Wickson Crab is also surprisingly sweet. The high sugar content is balanced by a high acid content, and the juice of Wickson Crab is therefore very useful in cider blends.

Shipping starts in March 2015.

Wickson Crab crab apple trees for sale

Mature size* Supplied as Price Quantity
Small  (6ft - 9ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.11 rootstock  (dwarf) $29.00 Sold outalert me
Medium  (8ft - 10ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.935 rootstock  (semi-dwarf) $29.00 Sold outalert me
Medium  (9ft - 12ft after 5-10 years) 1-year - bare-root - G.222 rootstock  (semi-dwarf) $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 Wickson Crab

    Growing

  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Heavy
  • Fertility: Not self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 2?
  • Pollinating others: Good?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Large?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Fruit persistence: Persistent?
  • Scab: Some susceptibility?

    Uses

  • Picking season: Late?
  • Use / keeping: 2-3 weeks?
  • Flavour quality: Very good?
  • Flavour style: Sweet/Sharp
  • Good for juice
  • Good for hard cider
  • Drying / Discoloring: No discolor / Good for drying?

    Identification

  • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green

    Climate

  • Warm climates?
  • Temperate climates
  • USDA Zone 5: Yes
  • USDA Zone 6: Yes
  • USDA Zone 7: Yes
  • USDA Zone 8: Yes
  • USDA Zone 9: Yes
  • Cold hardiness: -20F / -29C?


Pollination guide for Wickson Crab

Wickson Crab is in flowering group 2. Wickson Crab is self-sterile and needs to be pollinated by another 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.

How to grow Wickson Crab crab apple trees

Wickson Crab is a small and hardy tree.


Historical details

Developed by the Californian apple enthusiast Albert Etter at the start of the 20th century. Etter named the variety after Californian pomologist Edward J. Wickson who was one of the few experts at the time who took Etter's breeding program seriously.

Wickson Crab was developed from two other crab apple varieties, Spitzenburg crab and Newtown crab - it is thought there is no relation with the mainstream apple varieties Esopus Spitzenburg and Newtown Pippin.


Botanical name

Malus sp. 'Wickson Crab'


Related variety collections

Apple trees for southern California



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