What is my crabapple

Asked April 6, 2016, 11:01 PM EDT

Hello, We have a tree from mid-late 1950's? I think it may be a chestnut crab apple. The tree is tall, 30 ft +?. Blossoms are white. Fruit is large, 1.5 - 2" dia. It has been quite shady in tree location for teh 15 years we've lived here (Minnetonka) The fruit reminds me of my grandmother's (Braham MN) crab apples we ate and made jelly from in the 70's. I'm asking because the current tree seems like not doing too well for the last five years and I'd like to get another crab apple planted and going while the kids are still around. Do you have any advice to figure out what we have if that is what we should get, and where to get? Best regards, John

Hennepin County Minnesota

2 Responses

Your old crab is probably a Whitney or Centennial, a better choice might be Chestnut. Check http://mnhardy.umn.edu/buy/buy-apples or http://blog-yard-garden-news.extension.umn.edu/2014/11/the-best-crabapples-for-minnesota_3.html.

Have a great Summer!

Dennis, Thank you! I will get on it. Best regards, John