Malus domestica 'Transcendent Crab'
Transcendent Crab is a crab-apple variety, producing large quantities of very pretty orange/red flushed crab-apples.
The white blossom is borne in profusion and makes an attractive sight in spring - and is also lightly scented.
The crab-apples are quite large, effectively small apples. They do not keep, so need to be used soon after picking - they are well-suited to making crab-apple jelly, or can be used for cider. They are sweet enough to be palatable for eating fresh too.
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Unusually for a crab-apple, Transcendent Crab is not self-fertile, and will not pollinate other apple varieties. Therefore you will need another crab-apple or apple variety planted nearby to pollinate it.
Transcendent Crab is very cold-hardy, and should be good for zone 4 with a suitable rootstock.
Advice on fruit tree pollination.
Transcendent Crab has been widely-grown in North America since the mid 19th century, but its orgins are unknown. It is possibly a hybrid of Malus domestica and the Siberian Crab (Malus baccata). It's unusual combination of apple and crab-apple characteristics attracted Californian apple breeder Albert Etter, who used it in the development of at least one of his varieties, Etter's Gold, and possibly in the development of the well-known (and quite similar) Wickson Crab.