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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
    Semi-dwarf rootstock
    Out of stock
  • 2Full-size 1-year bare-root tree $34.25
    Mature height: 16ft-24ft after 10 years
    Vigorous rootstock
    Out of stock
Next deliveries

Next deliveries will be in spring 2022.


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