The Geneva Crab apple tree originated in 1930 through a collaboration between Ottawa Experimental Farm and the New York State Agricultural Research Station, or Cornell AgriTech. Although this tree is partially self-fertile, it is not a good pollinator for other apple trees. Moreover, the fruit has a beautiful deep maroon flesh. Because the apples have a low sugar level and high acidity, growers use them for cooking and cider making.
Additionally, this tree will catch anyone’s eyes, especially in the spring when its red leaves and bright pink flowers are on full display. It is also vigorous and has resistance to scab. Lastly, it is cold hardy to zone 4.
As with other apple trees, you will need to water the Geneva Crab apple tree once a week during its first year and during the fruiting season. If there is drought, you can water more frequently. This tree needs moist but well-draining soil. In order to retain the moisture, you can place mulch around the tree. Additionally, be sure to clear the weeds next to the tree since this will decrease the competition for nutrients. For more information on fruit tree care, see our guides page.