"Wild" Crab Apple (Malus spp.)

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Its no secret that deer absolutely hammer apples and crabapples, and we’ll go as far to say there may not be a more effective “draw and hold” to deer than a big grove of them.  However, a big orchard of fancy named varieties can be a rather expensive and time consuming chore for the weekend warrior or gamekeeper to undertake…meaning less time and money spent managing the rest of your property when you are busy spraying for bugs and diseases that high end apples often require.  To those who can put forth the extra effort and expense to plant and manage the larger, grafted cultivars we applaud you. That being said, we have a solution we believe may be a better option for most wildlife oriented folks, and it’s available in our super stout, yet seedling-sized “wild” crabapple. 

Our “wild” crabs are actually seedlings from our favorite crabapple selections  and wild types such as: Dolgo, Transendent, Chestnut, Centennial, Whitney, and Prairie crab.  Having a mixed bag of genetics and drop times from hardy, heavy bearing, disease tolerant favorites in an economical, and simple to establish and maintain rapid mast seedling should be a no-brainer to anyone wanting to spread some apple madness on their place. 

With our “wild” crabs, combined with tree tubes and a little extra TLC for the first few years of growth, expect flowering and fruiting to occur on some trees in as little as three or four growing seasons, with the remainders putting on heavy crops no later than seven or eight years.  So if you’re looking for heavy crops of highly preferred apples dropping from late summer and on into fall, but don’t want to put your county extension agent on payroll, try our “wild” crabs on for size.


Zone: 4 - 8
Soil pH: 5.0 - 7.5
Wildlife Value: Excellent.
Site Preference: Full sun.
Fruit Maturity Date: Late Summer, Early Fall
Fruit: Pale green blushed yellow


Zone 4-8


Customer Reviews

Based on 10 reviews
Chris B
Good looking tree

The trees look good and are healthy. I will be planting them in the spring.

garland dixon

they ship when they say great job

Justin K
Good trees, but some have deformities.

I purchased about 150 trees (60 crabapple) from Nativ Nurseries. The roots systems in the pots looked good and trees looked healthy. The only issue I saw was that about 15-20% of the trees had bad curves, twist or sharp angles on the trunks as they come out of the pot. Every other nursery that I’ve got stock from sort out these trees. I planted them with stakes/tube, so hopefully it will help them straighten out. I fear the trees will have long term issues from these deformities. Other than this, I was happen with the other trees. Shipping was good too.

Gordon Strickland
Crabby crab apples.

I order 3 of the native oak tree packages, some trees were only stems with no leafs . Also the crab apples showed to be 2 to 3 feet tall in the images. Mine were about 14-18 inch’s tall some with only one leaf. I think maybe Native Nurseries had a bad day maybe. All the reviews seem exceptional..


This time of year trees are going dormant which causes their leaves to fall off. Seedlings vary in size and we can ensure that you received a healthy tree. Please let us know if your trees do not exceed your expectations. Thank you for your review.

Tyler Boxdorfer
Happy so far

The trees looked very health and taller than I expected. I planted them next to a food plot so I hope they will be very productive over time.