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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.


Bloom Color Pink, White
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.


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

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Ornamental, pollinator for other apples, edible apples
Eileen U on May 24, 2019
Zone 9 crabapple
Kelly B on Apr 26, 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 .
Joseph on Mar 29, 2019
Because it will grow in zone 9a
EDWARD L on Mar 27, 2019
It is self pollinating. It is a pollinators for my other apple trees. I wanted a small apple to preserve whole spiced apples.
Loralee O on Mar 25, 2019
I am wanting to start a cider orchard in my yard, and I need a good general pollinator
Joe M on Mar 10, 2019
It fits my needs for sauce and so on. It's compatible in zone 9A. Brother up north has one, loves it, did not know it was eatable till I told his wife.Now they make jelly and mix pulp with sweeter apples for sauce and Marlboro Pie. Niio.
Martin S on Mar 9, 2019
Reminds me of the crab apples I grew up with.
Allen G on Mar 4, 2019
I???ve been watching British gardening shows and they keep talking about how crabapples provide year-round interest and are very wildlife friendly. I wanted a variety that was good for eating raw, if possible. This seems perfect!
Elanor S on Mar 4, 2019
Love crabapples and was a good pollinator for other apple tree
jacque f on Feb 19, 2019
Help with pollination of other apple trees.
Jenni B on Feb 12, 2019
Native wild life feeder and extra pollinators. South Texas does not allow many Apple tree options due to the heat, this is a work around.
Shannon M on Feb 8, 2019
It will pollinate my Enterprise Apple tree
Regi T on Feb 6, 2019
Heat tolerance, self fertilization, good cider fruit.
Clay D on Feb 2, 2019
To complement my cider apple trees
SEDWYN C on Jan 23, 2019
Wildlife food
Michael T on Nov 8, 2018
Good for my area, to bring in white tail during bow season and into winter.
Kyle P on Nov 5, 2018
Size of the fruit.
James L on Oct 12, 2018
It grows well in Las Vegas, NV.
Penny R on Oct 6, 2018
To pollinate apple trees
James A on Sep 19, 2018
We are looking for a good source of crabapples for making jelly and crabapple butter because they are family favorites.
Dan W on Sep 6, 2018
I have an Anna and a Dorsett just planted this year. I wanted a edible crabapple that would be a good pollinator for any future variety I may plant.
Lisa B on Jul 24, 2018
Because it's versatile - eating and canning. It's self-pollinating, which helps when you don't have the room for a lot of trees.
Phyllis R on Jun 14, 2018
I wanted a pollinator that would be good for juice and cider. It sounds like an interesting variety and the reviews made it sound like a tasty tart fruit.
Susan R on May 22, 2018
Found my Grandmas recipe for crabapple pickles, use to be my favorite way way back in the day. Got me remembering and wanting them so hopefully it will produce fruit before I die, lol, so I can make them and give my grandkids a taste of my past!
Lora H on May 17, 2018
We wanted to purchase a tree for my brother-in-law in memory of his father and he wanted a crab apple - memories of childhood.
Susan S on May 6, 2018
I would like to have some crabapple fruit to make jelly with, not to mention the pretty flowers in the spring.
Walter E B on May 4, 2018
to pollinate the several varieties of apples I have, for the flowers and because I love spiced crab apples and can't find them anywhere any more.
John H on Dec 17, 2017
standard tree for pollination as well as beautiful blossoms
LINDA G on Sep 4, 2017
Makes the most fantastic apple butter, moved to new site leaving old tree behind, need a Whitney Crab to make it home!
Darlene K on Apr 28, 2017
My Grandma used to make candied crab-apples for the holidays, always loves them.
Michael H on Apr 26, 2017
the tree is beautiful. want to feed the birds.!!!
and preserve some for the family. thanks
veronica l on Apr 16, 2017
Old favorite of mine
Donald B on Apr 15, 2017
Whitney Crabapple is a good pollinator for all apple trees.
Elena E on Mar 28, 2017
I have always wanted a crabapple tree because it makes such great jelly, so I finally bought one.
Cheryl B on Mar 19, 2017
Like the pollination potential and also the pickle and spice apples possibilities
mike r on Mar 9, 2017
Grew up with a large sized crab like this at my grandmas house. We used to make spread from these types of apples and after 2-3 years of looking at this one I finally bought it. I also am a hobby beekeeper and want to keep the bees in business! Have weeping Louisa crab already, also two Honeycrisps and one Zestar.
Victor S on Feb 25, 2017
Was looking for a cross-pollinator, but wanted smaller fruit size. #perfect
Nancy W on Feb 12, 2017
increase pollination of apple trees
carol g on Nov 24, 2016
Wanted a crabapple for wildlife. This one is a bonus due to suitability for canning & eating.
Sandy G on Nov 10, 2016
I chose this crabapple tree because i want to make spiced apples every year as I did when I lived i the Northeast.
Barbara F on Oct 15, 2016
Had one when I was a child. Loved the apple,great for pickling or to just to eat
Sherry B on Aug 24, 2016
Good pollinator for other apples.
GINI C on Jun 10, 2016
Beautiful hardy tree easy to maintain.
Sharon H on Jun 3, 2016
For grandchildren's eating off the tree and for jelly.
MIKE F on Jun 1, 2016
universal pollinator.
Glenn on May 23, 2016
To Pollinate My Apple Trees and to have a small sweet tart apple for traveling!
Salvador P on May 2, 2019
Needed to replace a fruiting crabapple, liked the description (larger fruit, edible, sweet, etc)
Aaron W on Apr 24, 2019
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.
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.
Karen A on Sep 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This tree will reach a height of about 16'.
How many chill hours are required?
T L on May 14, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This variety needs 800 chill hours.
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.
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.

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
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
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 4 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 5 years ago
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 4 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 4 years ago
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
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 4 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 4 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 4 years ago