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Centennial Crab crab-apple

Malus domestica
A large-fruited cold-hardy crab-apple developed by the University of Minnesota. Can also be eaten fresh.

USDA identification images for Centennial Crab

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

    Parents and other ancestors of this variety

    Visitor reviews

    • 08 Dec 2016  IA, Australia
      Delicious eating apple, on par with any decent dessert apple. Cute little 1.5-2" mini apples. Kids seem to love them.

    Tree register

    United States


    • Species: Malus species - Crab-apple
    • Parentage: Malus Dolgo x Chestnut
    • Originates from: United States
    • Introduced: 1957
    • Developed by: University of Minnesota


    • Country of origin: United States
    • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999
    • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
    • Flower colour: Pink - light
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Flowering month: April
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous
    • Leaf colour - autumn: Green
    • Flowering duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
    • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
    • Leaf colour - young: Green
    • Flesh colour: Cream
    • Fruit size: Large
    • Developer: University of Minnesota


    • Picking season: Mid
    • Keeping (of fruit): 2-3 weeks
    • Flavour quality: Very good
    • Cooking result: Puree
    • Juice style: Sharper
    • Cropping: Heavy
    • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
    • Food uses: Eating fresh
    • Food uses: Culinary
    • Picking month: September
    • Wildlife: Attractive to birds
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators


    • Gardening skill: Beginner
    • Flowering group: 3
    • Pollinating others: Good
    • Vigour: Weak growing
    • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
    • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile


    • Cold hardiness (USDA): Zone 3 (-40C)
    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
    • Climate suitability: Mild damp climates
    • Climate suitability: Warm climates
    • Cold-hardiness: Cold-hardy
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cold (< 20C / 67F)

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Good
    • Scab (Apple and Pear): Very resistant
    • Fire blight: Some resistance

    Where to buy trees

    The following tree nurseries offer Centennial Crab crab-apple trees for sale:

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Centennial Crab:

    United States

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