Hewe's Virginia crab apple trees

Malus domestica 'Hewe's Virginia'

  • Picking season: Late
  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Uses: Juice
  • Uses: Hard cider
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile

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 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

Hewe's Virginia crab apple trees for sale

Mature height*
1-year Hewe's Virginia crab apple trees bare-root
G.11 rootstock
Small (6ft-9ft) mature height
1-year Hewe's Virginia crab apple trees bare-root
G.222 rootstock
Medium (8ft-12ft) mature height
1-year Hewe's Virginia crab apple trees bare-root
B.118, MM.106 rootstock
Large (10ft-16ft) mature height

We are between seasons at the moment. You can pre-order trees now for delivery when the new season starts (fall for warmer zones, or next spring), you won't be asked to pay until nearer the time.

*Find out more about the apple rootstocks we use to control the mature height.

Historical details

This variety is thought to have originated in Virginia in the 18th century. Widely known as both Hewe's Crab and Virginia Crab.

Hewe's Virginia characteristics


  • Picking season: Late
  • Uses: Cooking Juice Hard cider
  • Cropping: Good
  • Keeping (of fruit): 1-2 months
  • Juice color: Clear


  • Gardening skill: Average
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3
  • Pollinating others: Good
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Bearing regularity: Biennial tendency


  • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F) Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F) Cold (< 20C / 67F)


  • Country of origin: United States