CrimsonCrispTM apple tree
- Picking season: Mid
- Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
- Pollination group: 3
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
Our inventory is up to date, you can pre-order now for the spring 2024 planting season.
1Dwarf 1-year bare-root tree
Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
2Semi-dwarf 1-year bare-root tree
Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
3Semi-standard 1-year bare-root tree
Mature height: 10ft-16ft after 10 years
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 - while 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.
Please note that CrimsonCrisp is a trademarked and patented variety, and purchasers agree not to propagate or distribute the trees. In addition, customer address details may be made available to the license holder if requested.
Advice on fruit tree pollination.
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.
- Gardening skillBeginner
- Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
- Pollination group3
- Pollinating othersAverage
- Picking seasonMid
- UsesEating freshJuice
- Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
- General resistanceGood
- FireblightSome susceptibility
- ScabVery resistant
- Cedar apple rustSome resistanceSome susceptibility
- MildewSome susceptibility
- Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
- Country of originUnited States
- Period of origin1950 - 1999
- Flesh colourCream
- Fruit colorCrimson