"Wild" Crab Apple (Malus spp.)

Nativ Nurseries
RMWildcrab
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$7.99
"Wild" Crab Apple (Malus spp.) 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...
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"Wild" Crab Apple (Malus spp.)

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.

"Wild" Crab Apple Planting Tips

Plant these out in the open, on more upland type sites, as most apples prefer to be up and out of the humidity and can be more prone to foliar diseases down in the bottoms. Like most apples, Wild Crabs are not resistant to Cedar-Apple rust, but they seem to tolerate it well once established on an appropriate site.

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

 

Wild Crab Apple Zone Map:

Zone 4-8

 

Customer Reviews

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Glenn Mize
Wild crabapple

Too early for fruit but tree in great shape. Earlier trees growing well

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Ken Mullins

"Wild" Crab Apple (Malus spp.)

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Nicole Daniels
So Happy!

The trees arrived in great shape. They were carefully packaged. Very happy with the size. Came with planting instructions.

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Lewis

They arrived on schedule and was packaged good and was very healthy

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Everett Brown
Mr

All good

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