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Geneva Crab crab apple tree

Malus domestica 'Geneva Crab'

Geneva Crab is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Early
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3

Geneva Crab is a large-fruited crab-apple with a dark crimson skin and marbled pink flesh. It is primarily grown for its sharp-flavored juice, which imparts an attractive rose pink color to cider blends.

The leaves have a prominent bronze tint (anthocynanin pigmentation), and the blossom is a dark crimson color.

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    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
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    Mature height: 16ft-24ft after 10 years
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How to grow

Like many of red-flowered crab-apples, Geneva Crab is a poor pollinator of other apple varieties. It is however more disease-resistant and hardier than many of the red-fleshed crab-apples.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.


Geneva Crab was developed at Ottawa in the 1930s in collaboration with the New York Agriculture Experiment Station at Geneva, New York.

Geneva Crab characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
  • Pollination group3
  • Pollinating othersPoor
  • Picking seasonEarly
  • UsesCulinaryHard cider
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • General resistanceGood
  • ScabSome resistance
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)Zone 4 (-34C)
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
  • Country of originCanada
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Flesh colourPink / Red
  • Fruit colorRed - dark