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Huonville Crab Semi-dwarfing

This quite a remarkable apple, with scarlet red flesh, covered by a scarlet red skin that shines up when pollished. Small, palm-sized fruit, and a sweetnes offset by a faint crab-apple tartness. The leaves are purple-green and the sap is red too. Quite amazing! The tree is quite vigorous and bears heavily.

We discovered this tree as a seedling - a huge old tree growing in Huonville, Tasmania, weighed down each year by massive crops of red orbs. We think it's a hybrid between a crab apple and a cultivated apple. It would also explain its vigour and prolific bearing. Great to eat, great cooked, juiced and make a very acceptable cider. It's become the most sought after of our whole catalogue. A customer wrote: 'One of our favourite trees is the Huonville Crab. It's a most attractive tree in our flower garden and as you say, the fruit is great to eat - the red flesh surprises everyone who bites into these little purple wonders!'.

Note this variety is also available on dwarfing an dstepover rootstocks. 

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Specifications

Ripening Time April - May
Fertility Needs a pollinator (produces viable pollen)
Growth Habit Free standing tree growing to around 2 - 3.5m tall and 3-4m wide.
Rootstock Semi-Dwarfing rootstock
Chill Tolerance Normal chill
Plant Sizes Normal: approx 70-130cm bare rooted; Small: approx 50-70cm bare rooted

Pollination Guide

  • Pollination is far simpler than most people think. Generally, unless self fertile simply get 2 or more different varieties in the same group (eg pears) to ensure adequate pollination. A more comprehensive explanation can be found in our Pollination Guide
  • More information on Espaliering
  • More information in our Articles and on planting and pruning.
  • Answers to Common Questions.

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Huonville Crab Semi-dwarfing

Huonville Crab Semi-dwarfing

This quite a remarkable apple, with scarlet red flesh, covered by a scarlet red skin that shines up when pollished. Small, palm-sized fruit, and a sweetnes offset by a faint crab-apple tartness. The leaves are purple-green and the sap is red too. Quite amazing! The tree is quite vigorous and bears heavily.We discovered this tree as a seedling - a huge old tree growing in