CrimsonCrispTM apple trees

CrimsonCrisp apples
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners
  • Picking season: Mid
  • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Uses: Eating fresh
  • Uses: Juice

CrimsonCrisp is a modern scab-resistant apple. The skin has a yellow background, but predominantly dark crimson red.

As the name suggests, the flesh is very crisp, juicy and snaps cleanly, but not dense.

CrimsonCrisp apple trees for sale

Item
Mature height*
Price
Quantity
1-year CrimsonCrisp apple trees bare-root
G.11 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
$31.00
1-year CrimsonCrisp apple trees bare-root
G.202 rootstock
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
$31.00

*Find out more about the apple rootstocks we use to control the mature height.


How to grow

A particular feature of CrimsonCrisp is that the apples will hang on the tree for a very long time - up to 4 weeks - whilst maintaining eating quality. This makes it ideal for the backyard orchard as you can pick fresh apples straight from the tree over a long period. The apples can be kept for several months in a refrigerator or cold garage, retaining good eating quality although the flavor will fade somewhat.

CrimsonCrisp is field-immune to apple scab disease, but has some susceptibility to fireblight.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

CrimsonCrisp was developed in the 1970s by the well-regarded PRI co-operative of Purdue, Rutgers, and Illinois universities. It was originally known as Co-op 39. Its ancestry is complex, but it is distantly related to the crab-apple Malus floribunda, from which it inherits genes which confer good resistance to apple scab.

CrimsonCrisp characteristics

Using

  • Picking season: Mid
  • Uses: Eating fresh Juice
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 3 months or more
  • Flavor style (apples): Sweet/Sharp
  • Juice style: Sweeter
  • Fruit persistence: Ripens over a period

Growing

  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Pollinating others: Average
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly small

Disease resistance

  • General resistance: Good
  • Cedar apple rust: Some resistance
  • Fireblight: Some susceptibility
  • Mildew: Some susceptibility
  • Scab: Very resistant

Climate

  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F)

Identification

  • Country of origin: United States
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
  • Fruit color: Crimson
  • Fruit size: Average
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