Best Crabapples for Pollination

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Best Crabapples for Pollination

Post by PA_Docent » Mon Dec 31, 2012 10:11 am

I have many Triploid apple trees. Luckily I have Diploids and one crab (Siberian Crabapple). I have an area where I can plant a Crabapple in the center of the two apple rows. I read that the Hornet Crab is one of the two suggested for the UK. Hornet Crab is diificult to find in the USA. Does anyone know where I can order one? Also heard Chestnut Crab is a good pollinator and available nearby. I may resort to buying scions of pollinators and graft to obtain suitable pollinators.
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Re: Best Crabapples for Pollination

Post by PA_Docent » Mon Jan 07, 2013 2:39 am

In the USA we cannot easily obtain Golden Hornet crab apple yet, however for those of us who need a pollinator or two, here is a short listing of American crab apples that I have started to put together:

The best for pollination in the USA:
Chestnut Crab
Centennial
Whitney

Others for pollination:
Manchurian
Indian Summer
Snowdrift

As I discover more Crab Apples that are great pollinators, I will add to this listing.

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Re: Best Crabapples for Pollination

Post by OrangePippin-Richard » Sat Jan 26, 2013 1:08 am

Malus Dolgo (sometimes known as Pink Glow) is sometimes available in the USA (and widely available in the UK). It is one of the earliest crabapples, so a good partner for early-blooming apples.

Golden Hornet is worth trying to find if you have problems with late-blooming apples, because it is one of the latest crabs.

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