History: Rescue applecrabs (crabapple/apple cross) were introduced in 1936 by the Experimental Farm in Scott, Saskatchewan.
Why We Grow It: Although the fruit is small, Rescue applecrabs have a a sweet flavour that is good for fresh eating, cooking, and preserving. They are also quite cold hardy.
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 and very hardy
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
Flowering Time: Middle
Ripens: Late August
Fruit Size: 1.5 inches in diameter
Storage: Keeps less than a month when stored in cool, humid conditions
Recommended Use: Fresh eating, cooking, preserving
Size including roots:
- 1 year grade 100-200 cm whip
- 2 year grade 100 cm+ with 3 or more branches, 30 cm or more
- B grade less than 100 cm