Whitney Crab
Illinois 1869


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The Whitney Crab apple is a large crabapple with yellow skin overlaid with red blush red striping. Whitney Crab apple trees  are one of the few crabapples that is great for eating out of hand. Often one of our favorite eating apples, crisp, juicy, subacid, almost sweet, with distinctive crabapple overtones. A small tree when mature making a nice selection for limited spaced gardens. Please see below for further information on our organically grown Whitney Crab apple trees for sale.


CCOF Certified Organic:  Our apple trees (exception noted) grown by Trees of Antiquity are USDA Organic, Certified by California Certified Organic Farmers (CCOF). Our growing methods restore, maintain and enhance ecological harmony by avoiding the use of synthetic fertilizers, pesticides and genetic modification (GMO) species. Reg. #40-002449

Growing Considerations for Whitney Crab
Illinois 1869

USDA Zones: 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10

Heirloom: Yes

Uses: Cider, Cooking / Sauces, Canning / Preserves

Harvest Period: Midseason

Low Chill: Yes

Bloom Period: Early

Pollination Requirement: Requires different variety with same bloom period

Origin Date: 1800`s

Storage: 1-2 months

Disease Resistance: Good

Rootstock: MM 111 (semi-dwarf)

Years to Bear: 2-4 years

Recommended Spacing: 10-12 ft.

Mature Size: 7-12 ft.

Pruning: Summer prune to maintain 8 ft.

Water Requierments: 12-15 gallons per week May through Sept.

Shape when Shipped: Feathered (prominent branching)

Size supplied when shipped:   Our trees range in height from 4-8 ft. in our field and trimmed to 4 to 5 ft. when shipped. Our young two year trees are most often feathered (side limbs). The trees diameter (caliper) is often 1/2  to 3/4 inch;  *As noted by University of California Scientists and other qualified professionals the most successful trees often have caliper from 1/2" to 5/8" and usually establish faster than smaller and larger planting stock.

Basic idea for Pruning:  Most fruit trees should be pruned in frost-free periods mid to late winter. (apricots best after bud break) Remove most vertical branches and shorten side branches. Fruiting wood is best on horizontal to 45 degree limbs. Learn more...                                                             

Shipping Note:  Our fruit trees and berries are delivered to you bareroot during their winter dormancy from January through May depending on USDA zone. Trees are shipped with your invoice and helpful planting directions. There is no minimum quantity required but shipping rate for an individual tree is expensive since UPS/Fed Ex charge a dimensional weight and an additional handling fee to ship a tree. You'll find it's cost effective to consider a handful of trees,vines or our helpful Tree Starter Kits.

        Have any Thoughts or Comments? We would love to hear from you!

                                                    We are a GMO Free Fruit Tree Nursery




C59901atherine Hall
4 of 5 Stars
I was excited to get the Whitney crab bundle about three years ago. They were quite healthy and did well through the growing season. But over the winter (which was a bit colder than usual) every one died. I suspect that the hardiness range is not quite what it is billed to be. I am in Zone 5 near Zone 4. I may feel brave and try again. Other apples such as Ashmeads Kernel and limited to Zone 5 have done well here with minimal die back in cold years and that affecting only the youngest growth on Ashmeads Kernel.


This product was added to our catalog on Tuesday 30 November, 1999.