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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.
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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: 
April 8, 2002 to April 23, 2002April 11, 2003 to April 22, 2003April 7, 2004 to May 1, 2004April 5, 2005 to May 10, 2005April 3, 2006 to April 28, 2006April 6, 2007 to April 30, 2007April 10, 2008 to May 2, 2008April 6, 2009 to April 24, 2009April 2, 2010 to April 23, 2010April 6, 2011 to April 28, 2011March 22, 2012 to April 9, 2012April 14, 2013 to May 7, 2013April 18, 2014 to May 1, 2014April 13, 2015 to April 27, 2015April 5, 2016 to April 27, 2016April 5, 2017 to April 20, 2017April 12, 2018 to May 4, 2018April 8, 2019 to April 24, 2019April 2, 2020 to April 24, 2020

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