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Chestnut Crab crab apple tree

Malus domestica 'Chestnut Crab'

Chestnut Crab

Although considered a crab-apple on account of its small fruit size, Chestnut Crab is perhaps best considered an apple that produces very small fruits rather than a true crab-apple.

The fruitlets have a sweet flavor with little of the tartness usually associated with crab-apples.

The juice quality is very good, making it an excellent choice for cider blends.

Chestnut Crab crab apple trees for sale

  • 1Medium 1-year bare-root tree $34.25
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
    G.890 rootstock
  • 2Full-size 1-year bare-root tree $34.25
    Mature height: 16ft-24ft after 10 years
    P.18 rootstock

How to grow

Chestnut Crab is one of the best choices for north-country growers, as it is very cold-hardy.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

Chestnut Crab was developed at the University of Minnesota, and is related to one of their cold-hardy apple varieties, Malinda.

Chestnut Crab characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Pollination group3
  • Pollinating othersAverage
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Picking seasonMid
  • UsesEating freshCulinaryJuiceHard cider
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Flavor style (apples)Sharper
  • Juice styleSharper
  • General resistanceGood
  • Cedar apple rustSome resistance
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(3) -40F / -40C
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)Cold (< 20C / 67F)
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Fruit colorOrange / Red
  • Fruit sizeLarge