I have located, observed and sorted through 1000’s of crabapple trees with one thing in mind…..attracting and holding whitetail deer!! My observations focused on the traits of early producing, heavy fruit production, fast vigorous growth, extended bloom times, dependable fruit production, varied drop times, good taste, and most important deer usage!! I focused on trees that I wanted to graft (genetic clone) and plant on my properties. Crabapple trees like the Road Kill Crab™ in the picture to the right or below. Trees such as this one and many other crabapple trees we have available truly some of the best crabapple trees for wildlife, if you like heavy and consistent fruit production with an atractive taste. Click Here or on that little blue button that says online shop to see all varieties of crabapple varieties.
Just like I learned with pears…If I concentrate a preferred soft mast at times when no one else has any, I could attract and hold many deer on my property. This was accomplished by providing early and late dropping crabapples and having trees that consistently produce every year. Crabapple trees will give you a huge advantage by providing consistent annual crops even in years when regular apples are not abundant in your surrounding area.
Every crabapple tree today, came from a seed at one time. Some are results of a chance seedling many years ago or are from someone’s breeding efforts. The crabapple trees with desired characteristics began being cultivated through grafting to be identical and to have the same genetic traits. As with full size apples, you can’t plant a crabapple seed and get the same crabapple tree.
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Road Kill Crab™
Price per tree
$23.00 - $29.00
4-6′ (+ 1/2” dia.) These trees will have an extensive root system and typically having multiple branches. They will range in height between 4′ and 6′ with a diameter of 1/2” to 3/4”. Shipping height will be between 4′ and 6′ as 15 trees or less fills into a 5′ box. While 15 to 30 trees will fill into a 6′ box.
3-5′ (- 1/2” dia.) These trees will have a good root system with some possible branching. They will range in height between 3′ to 5′ with a diameter of 3/8” to 1/2”
ANTONOVKA AND MALUS DOLGO (Standard)
The Rootstocks that your trees are grafted to are extremely cold hardy down well into Hardiness Zone 3. These are both excellent choices for wildlife trees, because they both produce a full size 20’ to 30’ tree. Crabapple trees grafted onto standard rootstock will reach its fullest potential by producing a lot more fruit than it would on a semi-dwarf or a semi-standard rootstock. Standard rootstock will develop deep roots making it extremely well anchored, penetrating well into the sub soil pulling up lost nutrients.
Both of these standard size roots are adaptable to many soil types and conditions. Especially when planting in less desirable locations. Therefore these can be used in areas such as wooded food plots, reclaimed land, shale mountain soil, dryer uplands and ridges. Standard rootstock will also perform very well in improved soil in an orchard style setting. I am only grafting onto the most vigorous Malus Dolgo and Antonovka rootstocks. This will give you a vigorous fast growing crabapple tree.
Plant at least 2 different apple or crabapple varieties within close proximity to each other for pollination. Grams Gift crabapple makes an excellent pollinator for both standard size apples and crabapples. Plant all apples and crabapples in moist, well drained soil with a soil pH between 5.8 – 7 with adequate nutrient levels for optimal growth.
If you have not completed a soil test and improved your soil. I would recommend mixing 1/2 to 1 ounce of 0-20-20 granular fertilizer in your soil at the time of planting. The first number tells you percentage of nitrogen contained in the fertilizer. Nitrogen applied directly to the roots of the tree will cause death to your tree, make sure the first number is zero. Nitrogen is very mobile in the soil. You can apply a small amount of Nitrogen the following year as needed. The 2nd and 3rd numbers are Phosphorus and Potassium. Apply these two nutrients at or well before the time of planting, because they are basically immobile in the soil, they will need mixed in through the soil. We recommend completing a soil test and making amendments for best results.
A minimum of 6 hours of sunlight is necessary for growth and fruit production. Space trees 20′ apart and use cages of at least 5’ to protect your trees. This will ensure your deer eat your fruit in a few years and not your trees this year.