Malus domestica 'Hewe's Virginia'
Hewe's Crab is a very old crab apple, also commonly known as Virginia Crab.
Although most crab apples are grown for their ornamental value, Hewe's Crab is grown primarily for hard cider production. It produces a high quality clear juice which adds a dry flavor to cider blends.
This is also a good pollinator of other apple trees, since it produces lots of blossom over quite a long period.
Crab apple photo courtesy of apple enthusiast Mike, Glen Rock PA
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Hewe's Crab is fairly easy to grow, and (unlike many hard-cider varieties) is usually a regular bearer.
Advice on fruit tree pollination.
This variety is thought to have originated in Virginia in the 18th century. It is widely known as both Hewe's Crab and Virginia Crab.