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CrimsonCrispTM apple tree

CrimsonCrisp apples

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

  • 1Small 1-year bare-root tree $36.00
    Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
    G.11, G.41 rootstock
  • 2Medium 1-year bare-root tree $36.00
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
    G.214, G.222, G.30, G.890, G.935, G.969 rootstock
  • 3Large 1-year bare-root tree $36.00
    Mature height: 10ft-16ft after 10 years
    MM.106 rootstock
  • 4Full-size 1-year bare-root tree $36.00
    Mature height: 16ft-24ft after 10 years
    P.18 rootstock

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

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Picking seasonMid
  • UsesEating freshJuice
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
  • Flavor style (apples)Sweet/Sharp
  • Juice styleSweeter
  • General resistanceGood
  • FireblightSome susceptibility
  • ScabVery resistant
  • Cedar apple rustSome resistance
  • MildewSome susceptibility
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colorCrimson
  • Fruit sizeAverage