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Chestnut Crab crab-apple

Malus domestica

Large cooking and dessert crab apple. Attractive, reddish bronze fruit.  Crisp, juicy sweet flesh with a pleasing nut-like flavor. Ripens over a long period.

Chestnut Crab identification photos

  • Chestnut Crab
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Visitor reviews

  • 22 Sep 2020  Daniel,  VERMONT, United States
    Recently bought a peck at Champlain Orchards in Shoreham, Vermont. Small, very sweet apples. No acidity or tarteness. But not simply sugary, they have a nice complexity of flavors. I wouldn't want a whole orchard full of them, but I would want one or two trees, they're quite unique and good.
  • 24 Aug 2018  Richard Benert,  PA, United States
    I planted a chestnut crab in my yard in Bozeman, MT in 2002. We had two bumper crops after about 2012 and several busts, mostly because of late spring frosts. In my opinion, this is the best-tasting apple in existence, like drinking a fine white wine. Leaving it behind when we moved to Bethlehem, PA this year was not easy, and I'm eagerly looking for a fruit stand or orchard in eastern PA that sells them.
  • 01 Sep 2016  Steve Hunts,  MONTANA/GALLATIN, United States
    We have two of these in our yard in SW Montana. We get a good crop every 2-3 years. Mainly eat them fresh off the tree and in pies. This year, as usual, we shared our crop with the birds but still made 9 delicious pies.
  • 15 Jan 2015  Kirk,  IA, Australia
    One of my favorite little apples. Very sweet, but with a very unique and distinctive flavor, very aromatic. There's certainly no hint of crabbyness in this one.

Tree register

United States


Spring blossom records for this variety

2020 season

  • 30th March  2020  - tree owned by Jerry in Point Reyes Station, United States

2017 season

  • 31st May  2017  - tree owned by fendwick in Bemidji, United States

2016 season

  • 20th May  2016  - tree owned by fendwick in Bemidji, United States

2012 season

  • 18th April  2012  - tree owned by Chuck in Worthington, United States

2011 season

  • 17th May  2011  - tree owned by Kris in Holden, United States

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Harvest records for this variety

2020 season

  • 4th week August  2020  - tree owned by Jerry in Point Reyes Station, United States

2011 season

  • 2nd week September  2011  - tree owned by Kris in Holden, United States


  • Species: Malus species
  • Originates from: United States
  • Orange Pippin Cultivar ID: 1654


  • Fruit size: Large


  • Uses: Eat fresh
  • Uses: Cooking
  • Flavour quality: Very good
  • Flavour style: Sharper
  • Harvest period: Mid season
  • Use / keeping: 2-3 weeks


  • Cropping: Good
  • Flowering group: 3
  • Fertility: Self-sterile
  • Ploidy: Diploid
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Gardening skill: Very easy
  • General disease resistance: Good
  • Period of origin: 1950 - 1999


  • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
  • Climate suitability: Tolerates cold winters

Parents and other ancestors of this variety

Where to buy fresh fruit

United States


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