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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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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.

History

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