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Huonville Crab Step-Over

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!'.

Important note on size. All my stepovers didnt make sufficient growth, and as such are sold as "small". In the paddock most got up to mid thigh (when in leaf!) and should do just fine. They've been discounted accordingly.

As we grow it on other rootstocks, be sure that you want it as a Step-over.

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$35.00

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Specifications

Ripening Time April - May
Fertility Needs a pollinator (produces viable pollen)
Growth Habit Can be espaliered as a step-over and kept to 0.5m -1m. Free standing tree grows to around 1 -1.5m tall.
Rootstock Extra-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 Step-Over

Huonville Crab Step-Over

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