Whitney Crabapple

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Small, sweet, edible crab apples. This tree produces a large harvest of red, golf ball-size apples that are perfect for canning, preserving, pickling, spicing and cider. Flesh is sweet, juicy and slightly yellow. Also produces beautiful pink and white blossoms in spring. Originates from Franklin Grove, Illinois circa 1869. Cold-hardy, heat-tolerant and scab-resistant. Ripens in late August or early September. Self-pollinating.

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Bloom Color Pink, White
Bloom Time Mid - Late
Chill Hours 800
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Late August/early September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet/juicy
Texture Juicy, Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 5
Zone Range 3 - 9

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 3 - 9
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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

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15' tall x 12 - 15' wide
Dwarf 8 - 10' tall x 8 - 10' wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Semi-Dwarf 12 - 15'
Dwarf 8 - 10'


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

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Had a couple of these trees some years back and had to remove them for a building. They were good for just eating and also made great jelly. Also relatively carefree.
Tom L on Apr 20, 2021
In hopes to compliment my established food plots.
Gary B on Mar 16, 2021
Had a couple of these trees some years back and had to remove them for a building. They were good for just eating and also made great jelly. Also relatively carefree.
Tom L on Apr 20, 2021
I bought this crabapple as a pollinator for the Arkansas Black Apple, but I also liked the idea of producing crabapples to can.
Linda G on Mar 17, 2021
In hopes to compliment my established food plots.
Gary B on Mar 16, 2021
Going to use them as pollinator trees
William A T on Feb 24, 2021
Had them when I was a kid,now I have gran kids and I want them to enjoy the taste of this apple. show them how to pickle them make apple butter jam and to feed some to the deer..
Timothy T on Feb 23, 2021
wanted a crab apple with larger apples; golf ball size sounds good.
Ronald M on Feb 8, 2021
I used to have one of these crab apple trees at a previous home, and it came from StarkBros. I absolutely loved it, it was a nice size, flowered in the spring and had large yields in the fall. It is also a perfect size apple for little kids!
Beth S on Jan 31, 2021
Bees like flowering fruit -- potential for cider making
David M on Jan 26, 2021
Organic pollinator recommended for Coxs Orange Pippin Apple
Amy A on Jan 25, 2021
pollinator and deer feed
Halley W on Jan 16, 2021
This was an apple my dad remembered from his youth.
Dan C on Jan 10, 2021
Hardy to zone three, good pollinator, make jams, and it is back in stock.
Michael C on Jan 9, 2021
There is a very old Whitney Crabapple on a lot in town here that hasn't had a house for many years. It is still doing fine, and the apples off it, while small, are excellent for eating, applesauce, and apple butter.
Susan H on Dec 3, 2020
Many years ago my Grandparents had two of these trees I remember the large amounts of fruit they produced.
Kevin M on Nov 27, 2020
Pollinator for existing apple trees; the fact that it produces edible fruit is an added bonus
Christopher H on Aug 20, 2020
I have had this crabapple before at a previous residence. It was recommended to me years ago and I find it one of the tastiest crabapples I have ever eaten. Cannot wait to have it back in my garden.
Jeffrey L A on Aug 18, 2020
This variety was recommended to me by Barbara, Master Gardener, Tree Care Advisor Univ. of Minnesota when I used their "Ask an Expert" web app. I was looking for a crab apple tree that would be hearty in our cold MN winters, produce large edible fruit, and fit easily into my suburban front yard. This dwarf variety, self-pollinating tree was her top recommendation.
DANA S on Aug 18, 2020
I was looking for a variety that fit well in my location.
Douglas P on Jul 7, 2020
Large size
Jeanne B on Apr 25, 2020
For its pollination and beauty.
James H on Apr 24, 2020
I chose this tree because it should satisfy apple-cravings small or large. want a little apple? have a little apple; want more apple? have more apples.
Daniel P on Apr 13, 2020
They are good pollinators for my other apple trees, and I always wanted one.
Neil W on Apr 12, 2020
I was going to order this one this year
Alice S on Apr 10, 2020
Disease resistant crab
Brent S on Apr 5, 2020
To pollinate
Andrew D on Apr 2, 2020
I wanted this for pollinating the Liberty and Freedom apple trees as well as aesthetic/ curb appeal.
Ashley F on Mar 29, 2020
The flowers of this tree are as good or better than any flowering crab-apple or cherry and they smell wonderful, Then you have the fruit, which I think are superior to other crab-apples.
Gay F on Mar 21, 2020
I wanted to be certain the apple tree I chose could handle Austin, TX (Zone 8B) summers.
Jason S on Mar 19, 2020
Alfred C on Mar 14, 2020
Larger than usiual crababble size in a semi-dwarf
Dana B on Mar 2, 2020
Bird and wildlife attraction.
Thomas M on Feb 5, 2020
Part of the apple cider collection. Awaiting the Orleans apple to become available again.
Cheryl H on Jan 25, 2020
For deer food
Terry J S on Jan 22, 2020
Very good!
Mariann J on Jan 18, 2020
To use as pollinator and i like crabapples
Gankak K on Jan 17, 2020
Pollinator for Liberty Apple, and it also appears to be a nice fruit for a crabapple.
Jeff B on Jan 15, 2020
I like the idea of some color (pink and white blooms) in the spring and the smaller apples will be a nice compliment to the others in the orchard.
CARMEN S on Jan 8, 2020
to help pollinate other apples trees, feed deer
Tate J on Dec 30, 2019
Need to increase cross pollination for my apple trees. I have well established Liberty apples and am adding Pink Lady.
JAMES C on Dec 15, 2019
This crabapple will fit the space to replace my old crabapple tree which we enjoyed for many years. I pickle the crabapples to have with our holiday and special dinners throughout the year. Small jars are also given to family and friends as part of a Christmas gift basket.
MARSHA G on Dec 6, 2019
good pollinator
MARY L on Oct 15, 2019
Whitney crabapples are sweet and juicy as well as providing great shade and landscaping! Can't wait to get these in and start getting some fruit from them.
Karla W on Oct 14, 2019
Ornamental, pollinator for other apples, edible apples
Eileen U on May 24, 2019
To Pollinate My Apple Trees and to have a small sweet tart apple for traveling!
Salvador P on May 2, 2019
Zone 9 crabapple
Kelly B on Apr 26, 2019
Needed to replace a fruiting crabapple, liked the description (larger fruit, edible, sweet, etc)
Aaron W on Apr 24, 2019
I choose the Whitney Crabapple as a pollinator for my Zestar Apple trees.
It appears to offer larger fruit than the standard crabapple tree.
Georganne M on Apr 21, 2019
I want to make crabapple jelly like I did as kid
Tammy S on Mar 31, 2019
Looking to add a fruiting tree for personal use and wildlife attractant .
Joe on Mar 29, 2019
Because it will grow in zone 9a
EDWARD L on Mar 27, 2019
I bought this crabapple as a pollinator for the Arkansas Black Apple, but I also liked the idea of producing crabapples to can.
Linda G on Mar 17, 2021
Going to use them as pollinator trees
William A T on Feb 24, 2021
How long do the apples stay on the tree?
Susan T on Oct 18, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Depending upon where you live and how late the apples mature, you may still have apples on your tree in December. Whitney Crabapple is widely considered to be one of the best for deer, and drops its fruit over an extended time period. It will also pollinate any other apple tree.
Whitney or Chestnut crab apples for NW PA food plot planting?
Bake03 on Jun 16, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Here in SW PA I chose Whitney. Either would be good. I only planted 1 as a replacement for a dead crabapple. I'd consider other apples that ripen later If I was planting more than 1 so I'd have fruit available through several months. I already have that. The Whitney filled an early season gap. It's still young but growing very well. I have it fenced in to keep the deer from eating it to the ground while small.
What flowering group timeframe is Whitney? Is it group 4?
Kay J on Sep 25, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Here we go by bloom time and in this case the Whitney is a Mid to late season bloomer.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Do you have an estimate of when the dwarf Whitney Crabapple will be back in stock?
Julie K on Apr 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We hope to make it available again soon. If you would like to be notified when it is back in stock, please call Customer Support at 800.325.4180 and they will take care of you. You can also email info@starkbros.com or go to starkbros.com to chat with a Customer Support agent.
How many chill hours are required?
T L on May 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This variety needs 800 chill hours.
Do I need to prune the Whitney Crab each year to ensure next years crop? If so how do I prune it?
Donald S on Jul 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: In winter, when the crabapple tree is dormant, it will benefit from some structural pruning to maintain its central leader shape. At any time, remove any dead, damaged, and diseased limbs so that healthy growth can flourish. During the growing season, as needed, remove any limbs that grow inward toward the center of the tree, since this growth blocks sunlight and reduces air circulation in the canopy. Also during the growing season, or whenever they appear, remove any growth that sprouts up from the roots so that the roots send their energy to the canopy of the tree where the fruit forms.
Does this crabapple have thorns ?
Sandy on Dec 25, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The Whitney crabapple tree does not have thorns. It is a very hardy & vigorous tree, with apples & medium plus size and flavor that can be mistaken to regular apple and not small crabapples. I have actually questioned why is it listed under crabapple and not as regular apple tree. Very nice apple tree you will be pleased. Bought the one from starks carried few apples the first year, and carried much heavier the second year, nice flavor. Growing well in Anchorage Alaska.
Does this crab apple taste good fresh off the tree?
Amanda C on Feb 17, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Yes, surprised first year had some nice sweet crab apples, not as large maybe as shown in photo, but we are in Northern Maine. I have 4 trees, going on 3 year. Looking for more fruits thise coming year.
Will it matter if a Whitney Crabapple is grown next to a Reliance Peach tree?
Skip S on Oct 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Skip - Planting a crabapple tree near a peach tree is perfectly fine. Just make sure they are spaced out at least 12-15 feet so that both trees will get enough air and sunlight exposure. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us, remember that we're here for you. Have a great day!
what caliper are these crab apple trees?
Bill S on Jan 20, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. The size we have available to ship this season is 3-4 feet with a 3/8 inch caliper.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Will Cedar Apple Rust affect a crabapple?
crzyquilter on May 28, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I had quite an old Whitney Crabapple in Montana and had no issues with it either. I have a sapling now, in Tucson, AZ and it also is doing well so far.
Is this on dwarf stock?
Vera S on Mar 4, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Well I bought #22933 - Whitney Crabapple Semi-Dwarf Supreme 3/5/18. The growth I would say is between a dwarf & semi dwarf thus far, it is still growing I believe it is close to 5 feet tall and growing, please note that here in Anchorage Alaska we have 6 month freezing environment and 6 month not freezing. hope this help.
A 1 inch trunk of a crabapple tree is that diameter or circumference?
Stosh on Oct 13, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Hi Stan, We measure our trunk caliper by diameter at least 2" above the graft. If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us, remember that we're here for you. Have a great day!
Is this organic?
Martina D on Oct 14, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We raise our trees and plants as organically as we can. We do spray when necessary - primarily with biological/organic agents - to keep pests and diseases at bay in order to save a threatened crop, but you may raise the tree or plant as organically as you wish. Stark Bro???s does not knowingly grow or offer genetically engineered plants or trees (GMOs).
I just received an email from you saying the Whitney Crabapple tree is back in stock but your site still says out of stock. When can I order?
DON A on Aug 15, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. This happens as the ready date is not until a later date and it is not acceptable to plant in your zone. You may call customer support and they should be able to book this tree to deliver in the spring to you.
If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
will this pollinate a northern spy?
Al F on Apr 3, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Was told at purchase that this Crabapple would pollinate many types of apple Mkae sure its within50-70 feet of the tree you would like to pollinate
Will the Whitney Crabapple pollinate a Golden Russet apple?
MountainDogs on Nov 9, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. The Whitney Crabapple is a good pollinator choice. If you have any other questions or concerns please do not hesitate to reach out to us. Have a great day!
Karen A on Sep 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This tree will reach a height of about 16'.
Will a Whitney crabapple cross pollinate with a Liberty?
Lynn R on Apr 20, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will.
Will the Whitney Crabapple pollinate the Scarlet Crush? I just ordered the Whitney. Lenora Keith
LAnn K on Mar 4, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will. Whitney's a good apple in its own right.
would this tree be a good pollinator for SnowSweet and Honeycrisp trees?
Warren M on Sep 19, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, Whitney will work well for both SnowSweet and Honeycrisp, as will any other white-blossom crabapple.
Which crabapple tree has the sweetest fruit?
KC F on May 14, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Whitney Crabapple
I planted this tree to pollinate a nearby Enterprise apple tree. Will this work?
John K on May 4, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes. Any white-blossom crabapple (of which Whitney is one) will pollinate Enterprise.
How large are the crabapples?
Betsey M on May 2, 2018
BEST ANSWER: The apples from this tree are approximately the size of golf balls.
Will this crabapple tree pollinate a Ark. Black apple tree?
Christin B on Apr 27, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, it will. They're in the same flowering group.
I'm looking for a more sour crabapple to pickle. I saw the description that this is sweet. Any other suggestions for a dwarf sour crabapple tree?
Sichan H on Aug 21, 2020
Will this cross pollinate a Fuji apple tree?
Charlie G on Apr 25, 2020
What animals enjoy this tree with me?
Tammey317 on Mar 25, 2020

Customer Reviews

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Grandma's favorite
My grandma loved this tree better than all the eating apple trees in the grove, including Fireside. She spiced them whole in jars with the stems on and this was a Christmas dinner tradition. The skins split in spirals when she cooked them, revealing the juicy flesh inside.
May 2, 2016
Crabapple in name only
I got this to be a back up pollinator for other apples tree on the property. What I was not expecting is to get small but almost full sized little apples that are actually pretty good.
May 20, 2016
over 6 years ago
Unknown tree
I think this is the tree that was sent to me from Starks several years ago. It is self-pollinating and has beautiful pink/white blossoms in March with fruit ready in May in Las Vegas, NV. The fruits are dark skinned and sweet. The tree produces at least a bushel every year - perfect for canning spiced crab apples. Hard to believe it grows so well in the heat.
May 20, 2016
So happy with these trees!
So far, none of my Stark apples have produced fruit yet, but they're only a year old. But these little Whitney crabs...I swear I could have planted them in a five gallon pail of concrete and they would have flourished! They both immediately bloomed, show vigorous growth, and I can tell are going to be just wonderful trees. I planted these for pollination and wildlife, and I'm positive they will serve both purposes admirably! If you don't have a crab or two for your orchard, you should!
May 26, 2016
good tree
The tree arrived looking like a healthy, bare-root, dormant tree. I was a little apprehensive, because this was my first time receiving such an item, so I really hoped it would "wake up" and grow as the weather warmed up. I needn't have worried, because it performed beautifully! It was hard to believe the transformation I saw just over the course of the summer - from barely a stick to a full, lush looking little tree.
May 22, 2016
over 6 years ago
Healthy crabapple
This crabapple took right off when planted in 2015. It has flourished and we have probably ten crabapples on it this year. They are about one and a half inches in diameter right now and hope they will get to a little larger size before they have finally matured. I am quite pleased with the Whitney Crabapple so far. It was pruned nicely before arriving and has a nice shape and form.
May 18, 2016
over 6 years ago
Whitney Crabapple
Purchased this tree in spring 2015 and planted in large pot, where it grew modestly. Wintered it over in that same pot covered with wood shavings for the winter. The winters are long and cold here in Fairbanks, Alaska. It survived and is growing well this year.
June 5, 2016
over 6 years ago
Whitney Crab Apple
The tree has grown extremely well for being in my yard about 15 months, it has 35 half grown apples on it that I can't wait to devour when ready.
We had a tree like this on the farm when I was a kid and we would have a bucket of these apples on the tractor and munch on them while plowing in the fall.
May 15, 2017
over 5 years ago
Doing Great!
This tree is very young yet, but when my Freedom apple tree developed fire blight, the Whitney Crabapple tree did not. But, there weren't any blossoms this first year. I'm giving it a good rating at this time because the tree really looks great!
May 20, 2016
over 6 years ago
Love our Whitney Crabapple
When I first received this, I was disappointed that it seemed to be just a "twig", but I planted it anyway. I was amazed over the next 30 days to see it grow, branch out, and become a small tree. This year, it stands taller, and is a lovely, healthy tree. I would definitely recommend it to others!
May 25, 2016
over 6 years ago