$23.00 – $29.00
This Grafted Kerr crabapple was introduced in 1952, a cross between the Dolgo and Harlson crab apples. This tree produces heavy crops of apples, making it one of the best crabapple trees for deer. Kerr crabapple is 1 ½’’ to 2’’ in size with a slightly tart but sweet taste that’s good for fresh eating. It is very cold hardy down to Zone 3 with excellent disease resistance to common apple tree diseases. In a no spray situation I’m seeing excellent resistance to cedar apple rust, good resistance to apple scab, powdery mildew and fireblight. This tree will begin dropping in October and continue to drop all fall with a few persisting on the tree through into winter. Kerr is one of the best crabapple tree options for deer that is sold commercially today. This tree will reach a mature height of 20’+. Plant Hardiness Zones 3-8.
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Kerr crabapple was introduced in 1952, a cross between the Dolgo and Harlson crab apples. This tree produces amazing crops of apple, making it one of the best crabapple trees for deer. Kerr crabapple is 1 ½’’ to 2’’ in size with a slightly tart but sweet taste that’s good for fresh eating. It is very cold hardy down to Zone 3 with excellent disease resistance to common apple tree diseases. In a no spray situation I’m seeing excellent resistance to cedar apple rust, good resistance to apple scab, powdery mildew and fireblight. This tree will begin dropping in October and continue dropping through the fall with some fruit persisting on the tree through into winter. Kerr is one of the best crabapple options for deer that is sold commercially. Hardiness Zones 3-8.
The Kerr Crabapple is made by using plant tissue from the original tree and attaching it to the new roots. This essentially is giving you an identical tree, of the one you see in the picture and description.
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. They will range in height between 3′ to 5′ with a diameter of 3/8” to 1/2”
ANTONOVKA AND MALUS DOLGO
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. Kerr crabapple grafted onto standard rootstock will reach its fullest potential by producing a lot more fruit than it would on a semi dwarf 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.
PLANTING INSTRUCTIONS FOR KERR CRABAPPLE
Kerr Crabapple is partially self fertile but will produce more crabapples with a pollination partner. Grams Gift crabapple, Chestnut Crab, Enterprise apple make an excellent pollinators for Kerr 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 click here and improved your soil I would highly recommend doing so. However, if you are not going to I would recommend mixing 1 ounce for every 3 sq ft 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 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 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. We recommend applying 1 lb of 10-10-10 for every inch in diameter your tree is. This should be applied in the spring the following year and each year after planting.
Kerr crabapple requires a minimum of 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 will ensure your deer eat your fruit in a few years and not your trees this year.
Shipping to Plant Hardiness zones 6 – 8 (southern states) Fall shipping will be the last Monday in November. Spring shipping will begin again in mid-March on Mondays as temperatures in my area allow.
Shipping to Plant Hardiness zones 3 – 5 (northern states) we will generally ship on Mondays through out the month April as your weather allows for planting.
Dormant bare root trees are to be planted in the fall or spring while trees in your area are still dormant. You can select your ship date at checkout. If you are picking up your trees, typically the first week in April is perfect for planting in Pennsylvania. Please Call or message me to make an appointment to pick your trees up.
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|Dimensions||58 × 2.30 × 2.30 in|
3-5' (-1/2'' dia.), 4-6' (+1/2'' dia.)
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Policy & Shipping
Returns: I strive to give you the best tree possible. If for some reason you are dissatisfied with your order, please let us know. We will make it right. We can not be responsible for how plants are handled by customers. If you plant your tree up on high dry ground they may need watered through the 1st summer, if you plant to low and wet your trees may drowned. I want you and your trees to succeed. I will do everything I can to make this happen.
Hours: We do not keep regular hours. If you would like to visit the nursery, just call, send a message or email letting. Anyone is more than welcome. On Orders that you selected to pick up your trees. Trees can begin being picked up typically starting April 1st, please call and make an appointment to pick up your trees.
Shipping: Grafted trees will ship in a 72" box. Shipping will go up when you order over 30 trees because of adding a second box. Hardiness zones 6 and south, shipping will typically be the last week in March through the first week in April. Hardiness Zones 5 and north, shipping will generally be the mid to late April as weather allows.
Trees will ship through UPS on Mondays and Tuesdays. You will receive an email notification when your trees ship. When trees arrive, plant as soon as possible. If you cannot, it would be best to heel them into soil or sore in a cool place not allowing roots to freeze.Shipping is based on the number of trees you purchase. Grafted trees can fit approximately 30 trees while our 2-3' trees will fit 70 per box. If TreePro products are the only items you purchase then they will ship as soon as the order is received. If TreePro products are purchased with trees, then they will ship with the trees. Due to the cost of shipping there will be a minimum of 6 products that have to be purchased in order for checkout to occur.