Malus ‘Hewe’s Crab’ – Apple – 5-Gallon


This cider apple, also known as Hughes’ Crab and Virginia Crab, was the most common fruit variety grown in eighteenth-century Virginia. It is thought to be a cross between the native Southern Crabapple, Malus angustifolia, and the domesticated European apple of horticulture. It produces a delicious cinnamon-flavored cider that is both sugary and pungent. Jefferson planted his entire north orchard exclusively with this variety and once wrote that crushing the juicy Hewe’s Crab for cider was like “squeezing a wet sponge.” Flesh is firm, crisp, astringent and quite acid in flavor. Ripens September to October and is a good keeper.

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EMLA 111, Semi-vigorous rootstock, 80% of Standard, 18-22′