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!'.
As we grow it on other rootstocks, be sure that you want it as a Step-over.
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|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.|
|Chill Tolerance||Normal chill|
|Plant Sizes||Normal: approx 70-130cm bare rooted; Small: approx 50-70cm bare rooted|
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