Wickson Crab Apple Tree Overview
The Wickson crab apple tree not only produces unique crab apples because of their high sugar content, but is also one of the few apple varieties native to California. It originated in 1944 by Albert Etter and named after Etter’s colleague, Edward J. Wickson. Wickson crabapple has average to good resistance to common apple tree diseases but is susceptible to cedar apple rust. Hardiness zones 5-10
The tree is a heavy producer of 1 ½”- 2” apples with a complex flavor that’s very high in its sugar content. It is a vigorous grower and a cold hardy northern crabapple. The fruit is red colored with white juicy flesh. Firstly, they are known for their intense flavor. They are very sweet and tart. Moreover, if grown in colder climates, the acidic taste comes to the fore. It is good for fresh eating, jelly making, and hard cider.
Wickson apple trees tend to blossom early. So they make for good cross pollinators for a diversity of apple trees because their flowers produce large amounts of pollen. Moreover, Wickson apple trees are quite vigorous and produce heavy crops every year.
- Uses: juice, hard cider, jelly
- Taste: sweet, tart, firm, juicy, very flavored (similar to spicy peach-apple)
- Size: Small
- Color: Yellow color washed with red in fruit color, white in flesh color
- Hardiness Zones: 5 -10
- Disease resistance:
- Scab – susceptible
- Mildew– susceptible
- Fireblight – susceptible
- Cedar apple rust – susceptible
- Harvest period: 4 and 5, late season
- Flowering period: mid-season
- Flowering Group: 2
- Cross pollinates with: Alkmene, Crimson Crisp, Duchess of Oldenburg, Galarina™, Golden Russet, Macoun, Melrose, Newtown Pippin, Nova Spy, Pink Lady, Redfree, Rubinette, Suncrisp, Sweet Sixteen, William’s Pride, Winecrisp, Wolf River.
- Cultivation: This apple tree is not only vigorous but also produces heavy crops every year. It is also a spur-bearer.
- Storage: This tree keeps well in cold storage for two to three weeks after harvesting. Be sure to keep it cooler climates and temperatures, since it will start to rot or become mealy otherwise.
- Ease of care: medium