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.
- Full sun (six to eight hours)
- 6.0 to 7.0
- 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
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