$19.95 – $34.95
Get an alert when the product is in stock:
PEAK ATTRACTION™ CRAB
Peak Attraction™ is a grafted apple crab with many exceptional characteristics that make this tree an exception cultivar for wildlife. These characteristics include a high resistance or immunity to apple scab, cedar apple rust, powdery mildew, and fireblight in a no-spray situation. Peak attraction™ is an annually productive tree, producing 2” apple crabs that I would describe as a sweet nutty-flavored apple. This tree begins dropping in mid-October, continuing through November. It retains a few 100 fruits into December and January. Still, during November, the main drop occurs for a large portion of the U.S. When the peak of deer movement during the rut matches fruit falling, it creates something extraordinary.
Apple falling during this time is why this tree has earned the name peak attraction™. This tree exhibits a high level of vigor when grafted onto Dolgo roots, and productivity almost to be unmatched. As we look at these pictures of Peak Attraction™, the original tree is well over 50′ tall from the excessive vigor that this tree has. The original tree resides in plant hardiness zone 4b, making it very hardy from zones 4b-8. You will have a mature height of 20’+
PEAK ATTRACTION™ ORIGIN
This tree is from the whitetail enthusiast Mr. David Wahlen. Having well over 3,000 wild apples and crabs on his property and many good ones, only a few trees have proven to be something highly exceptional such as Peak Attraction™. This tree originates from northern New York in plant hardiness zone 4b and has seen -35 degrees ambient temperatures, as trees do not feel the wind. These temperatures push this tree hardy into colder temperatures than zone 4b.
The Peak Attraction™ Crab is made 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 pictures and description.
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 they will mostly be strong whips. They will range in height between 3′ to 5′ with around a 1/2″ trunk diameter.
4-6′ (+ 1/2” dia.) These trees will have an extensive root system and typically have multiple branches, but many will be solid whips, depending on the cultivar. They will range in height between 4′ and 6′ with a 1/2″ to 3/4″ trunk diameter.
Peak Attraction™ Crab is grafted to the extremely cold hardy and vigorous Rootstock of Malus Dolgo. 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 therefore making Malus Doglo rootstock very drought tolerant. Malus Dolgo is an excellent all-around rootstock for wildlife plantings.
This standard-size Rootstock is adaptable to many soil types and conditions. Therefore, with its full vigor, it can be used in areas that were wooded and are now food plots, reclaimed land, shale mountain soil, dryer uplands, and ridges. Malus Dolgo rootstock will perform exceptionally 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 grown, you get a rootstock that is about 40% more vigorous 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 PEAK ATTRACTION™ CRAB
Plant at least one different apple or crabapple variety close to Peak Attraction™ crab for pollination. Chestnut crab and Turning Point™ make excellent pollinators, as well as most any crabapple or apple crab we sell as they are all white flowering crabs. The main thing is to plant different cultivars together to receive adequate pollination. 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 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 death to your tree. Make sure the first number is zero or slow-release like osmocote.
Nitrogen is very mobile in the soil, and 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 planting because they are immobile in the soil. Mix them through the soil. We recommend completing a soil test and making amendments for best results.
Peak Attraction™ apple crab tree requires a minimum of 6 hours of sunlight for growth and fruit production. Space trees 20′ apart and use at least 5′ cages to protect your trees. This protection will ensure your deer eat your fruit in a few years and not your trees this year. A weed mat and aluminum window screen around the base of your tree with stone for mulch are also encouraged as this will prevent the voles from tunneling and destroying the tree’s base and root system.
Shipping to Plant Hardiness zones 3 – 8. We ship on Mondays from mid-March until the last Monday in April. Dormant bare root trees need to be planted in spring while trees in your area are still dormant. You can select your ship date at check out. Select a ship date that coincides with you being able to dig in your soil and let your new trees wake up with trees in your area. If you are picking up your trees, the first week in April is perfect for planting in Pennsylvania. You can select your pick-up date as you check out on the website or call or email to make an appointment to pick your trees up.
For More Information Visit:
|Dimensions||58 × 2.30 × 2.30 in|
2-3' (3/8'' dia.), 3-5' (1/2'' dia.), 4-6' (+1/2'' dia.)
Only logged in customers who have purchased this product may leave a review.