Chestnut Crab Apple Tree Overview
The Chestnut crab apple tree is well known not only for making apple jelly , but also for making cider due to its juicy, slightly tart, sweet and nutty flavor. In fact, it has a honey, pear like flavor with a light hint of vanilla taste. Moreover, added benefits of chestnut crab apple tree is that it is are good source of pollen for other apple trees and is an excellent choice for landscaping. It is small in size and has a bronze color with red stripes. Developed by cross pollinating Malinda with Siberian Crabapple at the University of Minnesota under its original name MN 240 and later released in 1946.
Chestnut crab apple tree grows best when it’s planted in full sun in well-drained soil. While the tree can grow well in hardiness zones 3 to 8, it can tolerate hardiness zones 2 to 7. The tree is moderately vigorous compact tree and produces good crop every other year. After picking can keep well in cold storage for one month. Chestnut crab apple trees are susceptible to scab and blight, but resistant to rust and mildew. It’s self-sterile and needs a good pollinator.
- Uses: eating fresh, making apple jelly, making cider, ornamental use often for landscaping, good source of pollen to pollinate other apple trees.
- Taste: Firm, crunchy, juicy, sweet, slightly tart. Has nutty, pear and honey like flavor.
- Size: Small
- Color: Bronze with red stripes, has russetting. Flesh is pale yellow
- Hardiness Zones: 3 – 8
- Disease resistance
- Scab – somewhat susceptible
- Rust – resistant
- Blight– somewhat susceptible
- Mildew – resistant
- Harvest period: 4
- Flowering Group: 3
- Cross Pollinates with: Dolgo, Granny Smith, Calville Blanc, Chieftain, Akane, Alkmene, Binet Rouge, Ginger Gold, Golden Russet, McIntosh, Wickson, WineCrisp to name a few!
- Cultivation: This apple tree is moderately vigorous. Compact tree. Has weeping branches. Bears best crops every other year. Prefers full sun.
- Storage: Keeps well in cold storage for one month.