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Dolgo Crabapple

Dolgo Crabapple

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History: Dolgo crabapples originated in Russia where the name 'dolgo' means 'long' due to the slightly elongated shape of the fruit. They were brought to the United States by N. E. Hansen around 1897.

Why We Grow It: Dolgo is a classic crabapple with a vibrant flavour, very tangy and delicious right off the tree in the heat of summer- as refreshing as lemonade! The bright red fruits are about the size of small plums. These apples are excellent for making jelly or as a unique addition to a cider blend. Along with being exceptionally cold hardy, the trees themselves are quite pretty and are often planted ornamentally.

Canadian Hardiness Zone: 2

Soil Preference: Sandy loam, loam, clay loam. Prefers average to moist conditions, avoid planting anywhere that floods for more than two weeks in the spring. Generally quite adaptable to different soil conditions. 

Growth Habits and Disease Resistance: Moderately vigorous with an upright growth pattern, very hardy, tends to have heavy crops every other year. Resistant to scab, mildew, fireblight, cedar rust, and brown rot. Semi-spur bearing.

Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily)

Pollination: Requires a pollinator of a different apple variety that blooms around the same time. Like other crabapples and applecrabs, this variety is an excellent pollinator thanks to its large number of blossoms.

Flowering Time: Early 

Ripens: Mid August

Fruit Size: 1-1.5in in diameter

Storage: Keeps for a couple weeks when stored in cool, humid conditions

Recommended Use: Fresh eating, cooking, cider

Cider Properties:
  • Class: Sharp
  • Acidity: Medium to high, TA >4.5 g/L
  • Tannins: Medium to low, <2 g/L
  • Taste: Very sour/tart
  • Recommendations: Best when added to blends in moderation, juice is a nice pinkish colour

    Size including roots:

    • 100-200 cm whip, 1 year grade
    • 100 cm+ with 3 or more branches, 30 cm or more, 2 year grade
    • 50-80 cm, B-grade 
      Quantity must be 1 or more

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