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MALUS domestica 'Chestnut Crab'

Image of Malus domestica 'Chestnut Crab'

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

MALUS domestica 'Chestnut Crab'

Plant Common Name

Apple, Chestnut Crab Apple, Cooking Apple, Eating Apple

General Description

Bred at the University of Minnesota in Zone 4, ‘Chestnut’ is among the hardiest of crabapples and, unlike most crabapples, is grown more for the taste of its fruits than its show of bloom. Its apples are much larger than those of most crabapples, approaching the size of small domestic apples. Also, they are as tasty and appreciated as domestic apples grown in cold climates. The flesh is yellow, very sweet, fine-textured, and crunchy, with a nutty flavor and an aftertaste of pear. This is a broad, slightly weeping, medium-sized deciduous tree that is resistant to diseases. It covers itself with a cloud of flowers in spring followed by a heavy crop that matures in early fall.

Plant 'Chestnut' in full sun in any moderately fertile, deep, well-drained soil that is moist throughout the growing season. Like most crabapples, it tolerates some drought, but needs watering during prolonged dry spells or its leaves wither and drop. It is not well-suited to long, humid, wet summers or the heat and dry air of low deserts. It needs a long period of cold in winter to flower well in spring. Plant ‘Chestnut’ in an open space to feature its eye-catching flowers and fruits.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    6 - 2

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 7

  • Plant Type

    Fruit

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun, Partial Shade

  • Height

    12'-20' / 3.7m - 6.1m

  • Width

    15'-25' / 4.6m - 7.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Early Spring, Spring

  • Native To

    Eastern Europe, Southern Europe, Russia/Siberia, Western Asia

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Tolerances

    Drought

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White, Rose

  • Fruit Color

    Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Orange, Light Yellow, Brown

  • Bark Color

    Brown, Gray

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Bark Texture

    Fissured

  • Usage

    Edible, Feature Plant, Fruit / Fruit Tree

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No