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This grafted crabapple bears quarter-sized crabapples annually that fall free from the tree from October through December, with some lingering into January. This is a crabapple tree that deer are beating paths down to get to the apples in November and December here in Pennsylvania. #5 Crabapple is highly resistant or immune to cedar apple rust, fireblight, and powdery mildew. You may see some minor apple scab in a no-spray situation, but nothing debilitating to good fruit production. The vigor of this tree is extreme as it compounds growth very fast. #5 crabapple is exceptional in many ways, from growth, production, and disease resistance. It’s a wildlife tree and one that does its job very well. The mature height of #5 crabapple is 20’+ and suitable for plant hardiness zones 5-7.
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This grafted crabapple bears quarter-sized crabapples annually that fall free from the tree from October through December. This is a crabapple tree that deer are beating paths down to get to the apples in November and December here in Pennsylvania. #5 Crabapple is highly resistant or immune to cedar apple rust, fireblight, and powdery mildew. You may see some minor apple scab in a no-spray situation, but nothing debilitating to good fruit production. The vigor of this tree is extreme as it compounds growth very fast. #5 crabapple is exceptional in many ways, from growth, production, and disease resistance. It’s a wildlife tree and one that does its job very well. The mature height of #5 crabapple is 20’+ and suitable for plant hardiness zones 5-7.
#5 Crabapple originates from southwestern Pennsylvania and is made possible by whitetail and fruit enthusiast Richard Grimes. He is fortunate to have some amazing chance seedlings that have grown into trees, such as #5, growing on his property from the remnants of an old apple orchard. Through grafting trees, we all enjoy the benefits of adding an exceptional wildlife tree such as #5 Crabapple to our properties.
The #5 Crabapple is made by using plant tissue from the original tree and attaching it to the new roots. This process essentially gives you an identical tree to the one you see in the picture and description.
TREE SIZE FOR #5 CRABAPPLE
2-3′ ( 3/8” dia.) These trees will have a good root system. They will be whips around 3′ high with a trunk diameter of 3/8”.
3-5′ ( 1/2” dia.) These trees will have a good root system with some possible branching but will mainly be whips. They will range in height between 3′ to 5′ with a trunk diameter of around 1/2”.
4-6′ (+ 1/2” dia.) These trees have an extensive root system and typically have multiple branches, but many will be solid whips. They will range in height between 4′ and 6′ with a trunk diameter of 1/2” to 3/4”.
The Rootstock that #5 Crabapple is grafted to is extremely cold, hardy, and vigorous. This Rootstock is an excellent choice for wildlife trees because it produces a full-size 20’ to 30’ tree. Producing a full-size tree for wildlife means much more fruit on a given tree. Malus Dolgo rootstock will develop deep ”Real roots” making it exceptionally well anchored, penetrating well into the subsoil, pulling up lost nutrients, and making Malus Doglo rootstock very drought tolerant. Malus dolgo is a great all-around rootstock for wildlife plantings.
This standard-size rootstock is adaptable to many soil types and conditions, especially when planted in less desirable locations. Therefore, malus dolgo, with its full vigor, can be used in areas that were once wooded and are now food plots, reclaimed land, shale mountain soil, dryer uplands, and ridges. Malus Dolgo rootstock will also perform well in improved soil in an orchard-style setting. We are only grafting onto the most vigorous Malus Dolgo roots grown in a given year. When grafting onto the top 30% of seedlings, you get a rootstock about 40% more vigorous tree than many clonal stocks used for wildlife trees today. Malus dolgo is a crabapple rootstock and is very precocious, with many trees producing very quickly and making Malus Dolgo an all-around excellent rootstock for wildlife plantings.
PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR #5 CRABAPPLE
Plant at least one different apple or crabapple variety within 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 pH between 5.8 and 7 and adequate nutrient levels for optimal growth.
If you have not completed a soil test, click here and improve your soil. I would highly recommend doing so. However, if you are not going to, I would recommend mixing 1 ounce for every three sq ft of 0-20-20 granular fertilizer in your soil at the time of planting. The first number tells you the percentage of nitrogen contained in the fertilizer. Nitrogen applied directly to the tree’s roots will cause your tree’s death. Make sure the first number is zero.
Nitrogen is very mobile in the soil, and you can apply a small of nitrogen the following year. The 2nd and 3rd numbers are Phosphorus and Potassium. Apply these two nutrients at or well before planting; they will need to be mixed in through the soil because they are immobile in the soil. We recommend completing a soil test and making amendments for the best results. We recommend applying 1 lb of 10-10-10 for every inch in diameter your tree is measuring 2′ from the base; apply in the early spring of the following year and each year after planting. #5 Crabapple requires 6 hours of sunlight for growth and fruit production. Space trees 20′ apart and use cages of at least 5’ to protect your trees. This process will ensure your deer eat your fruit in a few years, not your trees this year.
Shipping to Plant Hardiness zones 2 – 8 Spring shipping will begin again in mid-March on Mondays as temperatures in my area allow and continue until the last Monday in April.
Dormant bare root trees need to be planted in the spring while trees in your area are still dormant. You can select your ship date at check out. If you are picking up your trees, typically, the first week in April is perfect for planting in Pennsylvania. Please call or send a message to make an appointment to pick your trees up.
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|Dimensions||58 × 2.30 × 2.30 in|
2-3' (3/8''dia.), 3-5' (1/2'' dia.), 4-6' (+1/2'' dia.)
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