Wickson Crab Apple Tree Overview
The Wickson crab apple tree is a crab apple cross between Esopus Spitzenburg and Newtown Pippin. Developed in 1920s in Humboldt County, California and named after E.J. Wickson. Later introduced in 1944.
Wickson crab apples are very small in size, 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. Its high pectin levels makes for a great crabapple jelly! In addition, Wickson crab apples are also good for making hard cider. They are usually blended with Virginia Crab and Harrison Crab apples varieties.
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, crabapple jelly
- Taste: sweet, tart, firm, juicy, very flavored (similar to spicy peach-apple)
- Size: small sized
- 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 vigorous. Spur-bearer. Produces heavy crops every year. Note that on its own roots it can grow very large, so it may need to be grafted to semi-dwarfing rootstock.
- Storage: Keeps well in storage for two to three weeks. Best in cooler climates and temperatures, because may start to rot or become mealy quickly in hotter climates.
- Ease of care: medium