Hewe's Crab Apple

Malus cv 'Hewe's Crab'


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 American 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." Its small, round fruit, which ripens in September in Central Virginia, is dull red and streaked with green.

Growth Type: Deciduous Tree Color(s): White, Pink Hardiness Zones: 4 - 9 Location at Monticello: South Orchard Planting Conditions: Full Sun

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Blooming Dates 2002: Apr 8 – Apr 232003: Apr 11 – Apr 222004: Apr 7 – May 12005: Apr 5 – May 102006: Apr 3 – Apr 282007: Apr 6 – Apr 302008: Apr 10 – May 22009: Apr 6 – Apr 242010: Apr 2 – Apr 232011: Apr 6 – Apr 282012: Mar 22 – Apr 92013: Apr 14 – May 7