Dolgo Crabapple Tree Overview
The Dolgo Crabapple tree is well known not only for its diverse uses, but also for being an early blooming variety and a good pollinator for other apple varieties. In fact, you can make apple jellies, sauces, pies, butters and cider due to its crisp, juicy, sweet-sharp, and lightly bitter flavor. It is small in size and has a bright red crimson color skin with yellow flesh. Niels Ebbesen Hansen developed Dolgo at the South Dakota Experiment Station in 1987 as a seedling of Siberian Crab, a stock he imported from Russia to the United States. Introduced in 1917.
Dolgo Crabapple has beautiful white blossoms, which is why it is often used as an ornamental tree. The tree can grow well in hardiness zones 3 to 8. The tree is moderately vigorous large upright tree. The fruit ripens in late August or September. Tree is disease resistant to scab, powdery mildew, cedar apple rust, and fireblight. It is cold hardy and does well in cold hardiness zone 3 to 8. Needs 400 hours of chilling.
- Uses: eating fresh, making apple jelly, sauce, dessert, making cider and juice, ornamental use often for landscaping, good source of pollen to pollinate other apple trees
- Taste: Crisp, juicy, sweet-sharp, hint of bitterness, pineapple and strawberry like flavor
- Size: Small
- Color: Bright red in skin color with yellow flesh
- Hardiness Zones: 3 – 8
- Disease resistance
- Scab – very resistant
- Rust – very resistant
- Fireblight– moderately resistant
- Mildew – very resistant
- Harvest period: 4
- Flowering Group: 2
- Cross Pollinates with: Chestnut, Granny Smith, Alkmene, Golden Russet, McIntosh, Wickson, WineCrisp to name a few!
- Cultivation: This apple tree is moderately vigorous. Large upright spreading tree up to 13 feet tall. Has a long blooming period. Great source of pollen for other apple trees, commonly used in commercial orchards.
- Storage: Does not store well.