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Dolgo crab-apple

Malus baccata
Malus Dolgo, also known as Pink Glow, offers early-season white flowers and dark pink fruits.

Dolgo crab-apple identification images

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USDA identification images for Dolgo

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.

    Offspring of this variety

    Visitor reviews

    • 04 Sep 2015  WI, United States
      Gorgeous deep red color, one inch long crabapple. Delicious apple flavor with spritely acidity but also some sweetness to balance. I can't wait to have more in future years, they are very good little crabs.
    • 30 Nov 2014  ALBERTA, Canada
      Haven't tasted yet. Common crabapple on the Canadian Prairies. Bright red fruit about 1" (2-3 cm) across. Good for canning whole. Very sweet for a crab -- can eat out of hand, if you are willing to put up with lots of cores. (About 1 dozen dolgos = 1 normal apple)
    • 02 Aug 2013  MO, United States
      Makes great jelly! Alternate bearer.

    Tree register

    United States

    United Kingdom


    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2016 season

    • 20th May  2016  - tree owned by David in Two Rivers, United States

    2015 season

    • 24th May  2015  - tree owned by David in Two Rivers, United States
    • 24th April  2015  - tree owned by Dona in Winchester, United States

    2014 season

    • 2nd June  2014  - tree owned by David in Two Rivers, United States

    2013 season

    • 5th June  2013  - tree owned by David in Two Rivers, United States
    • 10th May  2013  - tree owned by Richard in York, United Kingdom

    2012 season

    • 10th March  2012  - tree owned by Ryan in Poway, United States

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    Harvest records for this variety

    2018 season

    • 2nd week August  2018  - tree owned by Susan in Center City, United States

    2015 season

    • 1st week September  2015  - tree owned by David in Two Rivers, United States

    2014 season

    • 1st week September  2014  - tree owned by David in Two Rivers, United States

    2013 season

    • 1st week September  2013  - tree owned by David in Two Rivers, United States


    • Species: Malus species - Crab-apple
    • Introduced: 1917
    • Developed by: N.E. Hansen, South Dakota Experiment Station, USA


    • Country of origin: Russia
    • Country of origin: United States
    • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Popularity: Best sellers
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous
    • Flowering duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
    • Flower size: Medium


    • Picking season: Early
    • Keeping (of fruit): 1 week
    • Flavour quality: Very good
    • Cropping: Heavy
    • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
    • Food uses: Culinary
    • Picking month: August
    • Picking period: mid-August
    • Wildlife: Attractive to birds Deer.
    • Food uses (ornamental plants): Jam / Jelly
    • Wildlife: RHS Plants for Pollinators
    • Rootstock % of standard: 105%
    • Rootstock compatibility: Apple


    • Gardening skill: Beginner
    • Flowering group: 2
    • Pollinating others: Good
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Vigour: Weak growing
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Organic culture: Suitable
    • Attractive features: Attractive flowers
    • Attractive features: Attractive fruit
    • Attractive features: Attractive tree / plant
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
    • Height after 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
    • Growth rate: Average
    • Attractive features: Scented flowers
    • Soil type: Chalky
    • Useful for: Patio containers
    • Growth habit: Upright-spreading / Vase


    • Cold hardiness (USDA): Zone 3 (-40C)
    • Climate suitability: Temperate climates
    • Climate suitability: Mild damp 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

    Where to buy trees

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

    Where to buy fresh fruit

    The following orchards grow Dolgo:

    United States


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