Hewe's Virginia crab apple tree
Malus domestica 'Hewe's Virginia'
- Picking season: Late
- Self-fertility: Self-fertile
- Pollination group: 3
Also known as Virginia Crab, Hewe's Crab is considered one of the best varieties for cider.
Hewe's Virginia crab apple trees for sale
1Dwarf 1-year bare-root tree
Mature height: 6ft-9ft after 10 years
2Semi-dwarf 1-year bare-root tree
Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
3Semi-standard 1-year bare-root tree
Mature height: 10ft-16ft after 10 years
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
How to grow
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.
Hewe's Virginia characteristics
- Gardening skillAverage
- Pollination group3
- Pollinating othersGood
- Bearing regularityBiennial tendency
- WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
- Picking seasonLate
- UsesCulinaryJuiceHard cider
- Keeping (of fruit)1-2 months
- 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