A.R. Whitney of Whitney Nursery first grew this crabapple from seed in 1865 and it is one of the only crabapples one can eat off the tree. It is prized for its cold hardiness, disease resistance, and heat tolerance. The Whitney is a small-medium (though large for a crabapple) yellow base skin with a lovely red blush. Its flesh is creamy yellow and juicy. It can be eaten off the tree with an astringent bite and tart finish. Typical uses include baking, cider, and pollination for other early apple tree.
The pink-white blooms open for an extended period of time that helps to pollinate trees in numerous bloom groups. It is also famous for its disease resistance. It has good resistance to Scab, cedar apple rust, and fire blight.
USDA Zone: 3-9
M.7: ~14-16' or 60-70% of Standard; Semi Dwarf (Ships Spring 2024)
Sun: Full Sun
Bloom Group: 2, Early Mid Season
Ripening Time: Late August- Early September
Pollination: Tree is self-fertile