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Hewe's Crab Crab-apple tree

Owner: Mike

Location:  Glen Rock, PA, United States

Age of this tree:2020 years
Soil:Loamy Sand 
Climate at this location:Zone 5c/6a
Tree form:Not sure
Height:Not sure
Cropping:Not specified
Growth:This tree grows easily here
Herbicides:Manual treatment (hoeing and weeding)
Pesticides:Organic treatments
Local pests:Ants, Aphids, Stink Bugs

Owner's comments

20140712: My Hewes crab fell over again this year. Pr opted back up but will it grow roots on the side where there are none? 20120403: Covered with flower buds. The first five, white blossoms opened today and the flowers smell like orchids. 20120328: The freezing weather of the 25th did not affect the blossoms. The tree is covered with blossoms (have not opened yet). Will post picture within a month of the flowering event. 20120324: Looks like every node has blossoms forming. 20120310: Sprayed with dormant oil and bordeaux spray. 20120310: Sprayed with dormant oil and bordeaux spray. 20110903: Four of the crab apples that set in spring are now starting to ripen. They will be red with yellow russet; will allow them to mature on the tree. See the photo! 20110821: Good growth the first year. Pruned and training branches to grow more parallel to earth. 20110910: The ants started moving in so picked the crab apples. Ate three and they were all delicious. I decided to let one ripen indoors until next month. Trees of Antiquities substituted this tree for a cider/cidre apple tree (Muscat de Bernay) not available in 2010. Ordering Muscat de Bernay again for delivery in 2012. 20110622: The fencing surrounding the trunk prevents animals, and I hope deers, from damaging my tree. I ordered Muscat de Bernay from Trees of Antiquity in August 2010 for delivery in Spring 2011. Unfortunately Trees of Antiquity informed me that there was a crop failure of Muscat de Bernay and suggested I substitute Hewes Virginia and that is what I ended up with. Will try to order Muscat de Bernay again later this year for 2012 delivery. This is a Crabapple I purchased for use in making vinegar and cider. The Hewes Virginia Crabapple was planted by Thomas Jefferson in his north orchard at Monticello. The Hewes Virginia was well known as one of the major cider varieties in the 1700s.

Season records for this tree

  • 2014

    Spring blossom: 2 May
  • 2013

  • 2012

    Spring blossom: 8 April
    Harvest: 1st week September
    Ample rain produced heavily russetted crab apples.
  • 2011

    Spring blossom: 7 April
    Harvest: 1st week 
    Flowered 6 months after planting. Ordered from Trees of Antiquity.
  • 2010

  • 2009

Hewes Virginia crab

Hewes Virginia crab

Copyright: ML

Uploaded: 14 Apr 2012

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Hewes Crab

Hewes Crab

Copyright: Mike, Glen Rock, PA

Uploaded: 20 Sep 2011

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