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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: 
Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
Location at Monticello: 
South Orchard
Planting Conditions: 
Full Sun
Blooming History: 
2002 Apr 8 to 2002 Apr 232003 Apr 11 to 2003 Apr 222004 Apr 7 to 2004 May 12005 Apr 5 to 2005 May 102006 Apr 3 to 2006 Apr 282007 Apr 6 to 2007 Apr 302008 Apr 10 to 2008 May 22009 Apr 6 to 2009 Apr 242010 Apr 2 to 2010 Apr 232011 Apr 6 to 2011 Apr 282012 Mar 22 to 2012 Apr 92013 Apr 14 to 2013 May 72014 Apr 18 to 2014 May 12015 Apr 13 to 2015 Apr 27
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