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Kerr crab apple tree

Malus domestica x Malus baccata 'Kerr'

Kerr crab-apples
Kerr is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators

Kerr is an interesting apple / crab-apple cross. The attractive crimson-pink fruits are small by apple standards, but relatively large for a crab-apple.

The fruits are extremely juicy, and have a good rich sweet-tart balance. They can be eaten fresh, but this is first and foremost an apple for juicing.

Kerr crab apple trees for sale

  • Medium 1-year bare-root tree $35.95
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
    G.890 rootstock
Next deliveries

Next deliveries will be in spring 2022, but you can pre-order now.


How to grow

Kerr is easy to grow, and very cold-hardy.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Historical details

Kerr is a cross between a crab-apple, Malus Dolgo, and Haralson. It can be considered a large-fruited Malus Dolgo in most respects. It was developed at the Morden Research Station of Agriculture Canada in Manitoba, and introduced in the 1950s.

Kerr characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
  • Pollination group2
  • Pollinating othersGood
  • PloidyDiploid
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • Fruit bearingSpur-bearer
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking seasonMid
  • UsesEating freshCulinaryJuice
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
  • Flavor style (apples)Sweeter
  • Juice styleSweeter
  • General resistanceAverage
  • FireblightSome resistance
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)(4) -30F / -34C
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)Hot (>30C / 86F)
  • Country of originCanada
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Flesh colourCream
  • Fruit colorRed
  • Fruit sizeLarge

Similar varieties

  • See also Dolgo
    Dolgo
    Malus Dolgo, also known as Pink Glow, offers early-season white flowers and dark pink fruits.