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Chestnut Crabapple

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Item #135542, Semi-Dwarf. Ships 3 - 4' tall with a 3/8" trunk, bare-root. Professionally pruned for FREE!
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Description

An excellent pollinator for other apples. This annual bearer produces 2" pale yellow crabapples with streaky red blushes and some russeting. Creamy white flesh is fine-grained and crisp, with a sweet, nut-like flavor that is great for fresh eating, cooking or making jellies. Tree is vigorous and hardy and adapts well to different soil types. Developed at the University of Minnesota in 1946. Cold-hardy. Ripens in early September. Self-pollinating.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large - Extra Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Early September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Nut-like Flavor; Sweet
Texture Good Texture; Crisp, Juicy
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 3 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your tree matures, it will be approximately 12 - 15' tall x 12 - 15' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these trees 12 - 15' apart to ensure room for growth.

Recommended Pollinators

This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow apple trees in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
A large variety crabapple that will pollinate my other apples as well as produce quickly for wildlife.
Carson S on May 10, 2017
I'm planting some species of crabapples in between my apple trees for better pollination as well as providing other things to make better pectin and various canning/pickling items. They are hardy and blossom beautifully.
Anna M on Mar 17, 2017
A large variety crabapple that will pollinate my other apples as well as produce quickly for wildlife.
Carson S on May 10, 2017
I wanted a self pollinating tree with apples that were large enough to use. We love crabapple jelly and applesauce.
Linda B on Apr 6, 2017
I'm planting some species of crabapples in between my apple trees for better pollination as well as providing other things to make better pectin and various canning/pickling items. They are hardy and blossom beautifully.
Anna M on Mar 17, 2017
I wanted to plant some crabapple trees for the spring colors and fruit for canning. It is hard to find crabapples in the woods in this area.
James B on Mar 9, 2017
Like the taste..great for our area...will use in apple cider as well.
Dan K on Mar 6, 2017
increase pollination of apple trees and ad to jelly making in the fall
carol g on Nov 24, 2016
Excellent pollinator for apples.
Joseph S on Nov 15, 2016
good pollinator, great for bees
Alison M on Oct 5, 2016
Great pollinator.
JAMES J on Sep 12, 2016
I would like to try something other than one of the apple varieties. I would like to see if it is more easily cared for than apples.
Shawn P on Aug 24, 2016
I need a pollinator for some apple trees.
David L on Apr 30, 2016
Climate zone compatibility 3A
cross pollinator
Chris Y on Apr 27, 2016
Because of the size of the fruit and it's taste of tartness and chestnut flavor.
Shaik A on Apr 25, 2016
I tried it an loved them.
Darcy B on Apr 14, 2016
This is said to be great for pollinating apple trees.
Karen A on Apr 12, 2016
My husband grew up in Arkansas and misses crabapples. We can plant this in a higher elevation here in AZ
Corinth T on Apr 6, 2016
Pollinates apples, sweet crab blends well with tart crab apples for sauce, and very hardy
Linda P on Mar 22, 2016
Looking forward to tasting this crab apple for snacks and preserving while providing beauty on the property
Ellen S on Mar 8, 2016
Great pollinator for other apple trees.
Robert G on Mar 7, 2016
Pollination of other apple trees
Eugene S on Feb 23, 2016
I wanted a self pollinating tree with apples that were large enough to use. We love crabapple jelly and applesauce.
Linda B on Apr 6, 2017
I wanted to plant some crabapple trees for the spring colors and fruit for canning. It is hard to find crabapples in the woods in this area.
James B on Mar 9, 2017
What can these crab apples be used for?
Ruth W on Aug 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I remember these from a trip to Minnesota in the 1980s. They are small but excellent for eating fresh. The whole family liked them. They are not sour like other crab apples.
is this tree desease resistant ?
norman h on Nov 21, 2016
BEST ANSWER: From what I can tell, it is listed as "good" for a rating as disease resistant. I got one because it is said every orchard should have one of them. I have had a bit of trouble on the sturdiness, so had to stake the tree due to winds.
Would this variety work as a pollinator for the dwarf red Jonathan we already have?
Mjackson on May 19, 2017
BEST ANSWER: There is enough overlap in the bloom times for it to work.
Can this tree be used to pollinate Liberty apples?
H D on May 9, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Chestnut Crabapple is an ideal pollinator for Liberty.
What kind of peat to use for mulch?
Norma G on Nov 19, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Peat is really meant to be used as a soil amendment. Straw or wood chips allow more air and water through, and are better choirces for your crabapple.

Customer Reviews

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big a** crabapple
This is only the second year and while it had a couple of blooms I am not allowing it to set fruit yet. The thing that classifies an apple as a crabapple vs an apple is the size of the fruit. Crabapples are less than 2 inches in diameter and this one just makes the cut off as it is just about 2" in diameter. So it is big enough to eat fresh or use in pies, cobblers and so on. It is supposed to be exceptionally tasty so stay tuned till next year when it might give me.a.small crop
May 7, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Great Value!
The year-old Chestnut Crabapple was shipped well and easy to plant. Two years later, it is thriving and has not required intensive maintenance. I would recommend this product and this company to anyone interested in adding fruit trees to their landscaping.
May 17, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Great tree & great price!
I received this tree, healthy and sturdy and planted it and it put on blooms when it was planted just 3 weeks and I decided to take the blooms off this year, so the tree could get really established, before it had to feed the fruit. So far, I'm well pleased all around.
August 3, 2016
Purchased
over 3 years ago
nice crab apple tree; keeps its form well;
have had the tree planted now for 2 years; still no blossoms; maybe next year; tree is growing well; the crab apple is a nice addition to my garden
May 20, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Chestnut Crabapple
This is the second year this Chestnut Crabapple tree on the soil of my back yard. It has been growing o.k. healthy not super vigorously. I was pleased to see some small green fruits on the branches. I love it. I wish I have bigger backyard I would grow some more of these plants.
Crabapple Fans.
May 18, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Good Quality Trees
So far we are quite satisfied with the trees purchased. Better quality than our local nursery.
May 21, 2016
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Living 2nd Spring
Planted it in my apple orchard for pollinator and it is looking okay so far.
May 4, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
it is growing well
I got my chestnut crabapple 2016 fall. it is growing very well. this spring it produced few flowers. it was a surprise for me because i didn't expect this small tree to bloom this fast. so far so good and i am very happy about it.
May 29, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
chestnut crabapple
In spring of 2016 the chestnut crabapple arrived from Stark Bros. as a bare root 1-year tree and soon leafed out beautifully; in its second spring it is now growing strongly.
May 30, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
2017-The Chestnut crabapple survived the winter, some nights it dropped to -20/25 degrees and we are at 8000 feet in the mountains west of Denver. The snow melt was early this year, mid May, that was when the tree started to bud and is very green with lots lots of new growth-mid July.
July 15, 2017
Purchased
1 year ago
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