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Whitney Crabapple Tree

In this Plant Profile, get specific details, including the characteristics and best uses of Whitney crabapples, one of seven Plant Profiles featured in our Apple Collection.

Whitney Crabapple Tree

Whitney Crabapple Tree

The Whitney crabapple is a small but mighty tree that offers sweet fruit, a high tolerance from heat—and it’s self-pollinating! This is the best of many worlds wrapped up in a sweet little apple package. Come harvest time, expect to pick a lot of red, golf ball-size apples. They’re perfect for canning, preserving, pickling—and cider. The Whitney crabapple is cold-hardy and heat-tolerant. It ripens in late August or early September. The fact that this tree is self-pollinating is a bonus for folks who are tight on space, but still really want to grow their own apple tree. A mature tree will be about 12 to 15 feet tall and wide.

Sun Exposure

  • Full sun (six to eight hours)

Soil pH

  • 6.0 to 7.0

Hardiness Zones

  • 3 to 9


  • 12 to 15 feet apart


  • 1 inch every 10 days or so


  • Bloom Time: Mid-late
  • Chill hours: 800
  • Harvest: Late August/Early September
  • Taste: Sweet and juicy
  • Years to Bear: Two to five
  • Self-Pollinating!

Do you grow Whitney crabapples? What do you like about them? Please tell us about your Whitney crabapples.


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