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Northland Crab crab apple tree

Malus domestica 'Northland Crab'

Northland Crab is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Picking season: Early
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Pollination group: 3

Northland Crab is a cold-hard crab-apple, producing small dark red crab apples that are useful for making for crab-apple jelly.

Northland Crab crab apple trees for sale

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  • Semi-dwarf 1-year bare-root tree $37.95
    Mature height: 8ft-12ft after 10 years
    Semi-dwarf rootstock
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How to grow

Northland Crab is easy to grow, and although it ripens quite early the fruitlets persist on the tree.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Northland Crab was developed by the University of Minnesota in the 1930s. It is a cross between the popular McIntosh apple, and a cold-hardy crab-apple, Dolgo.

Northland Crab characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityPartially self-fertile
  • Pollination group3
  • Picking seasonEarly
  • UsesCulinary
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • General resistanceAverage
  • FireblightSome susceptibility
  • ScabSome susceptibility
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)Zone 3 (-40C)
  • Summer maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)Cold (< 20C / 67F)
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Flesh colourGolden / Yellow
  • Fruit colorRed - dark

Similar varieties

  • See also Dolgo
    Dolgo
    Malus Dolgo, also known as Pink Glow, offers early-season white flowers and dark pink fruits.
  • See also McIntosh
    McIntosh
    A traditional versatile apple popular in the northern states of the USA. Also known as Macintosh.
  • Transcendent Crab
    A large-fruited crab apple, cold-hard, and makes excellent crab-apple jam.