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Robert's Crab Apple on B.118 (Spring 2021)


A crabapple with dramatic purple fruit that makes an excellent cider. Also known as Roberts Red.

This tree is self-fertile, precocious, and a heavy cropper. The bloom is profuse and dark pink. With its bronzed leaves and the striking fruit that holds well to the tree, Roberts is an outstanding landscaping addition.

This is a large crabapple, almost apple sized. The fruit has a purple skin with dry, red flesh yielding a juice that is considerably darker than that of other red-fleshed varieties. This fruit is not suitable for fresh eating, but it does make excellent cider, jams, and jellies. Regarding the cider, Dr. Ian Merwin of Black Diamond Cider says that the best rosé cider he has tasted was 100% Roberts Crab.

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This tree is self-fertile, precocious, and a heavy cropper. The bloom is profuse and dark pink. With its bronzed leaves and the striking fruit that holds well to the tree, Roberts is an outstanding landscaping addition.

This is a large crabapple, almost apple sized. The fruit has a purple skin with dry, red flesh yielding a juice that is considerably darker than that of other red-fleshed varieties. This fruit is not suitable for fresh eating, but it does make excellent cider, jams, and jellies. Regarding the cider, Dr. Ian Merwin of Black Diamond Cider says that the best rosé cider he has tasted was 100% Roberts Crab.


The Fruit

Fruit Type

Category: Apple
Subcategory: Crabapple, Red Flesh

Fruit Uses & Storage

Uses: cider, jam, jelly
Storage duration: less than one month (approximate, depending on storage conditions)

Fruit Appearance

Skin color: purple
Flesh color: red

Fruit Origins

Parentage:
Origin: United Kingdom
Introduced in:
Introduced by:

The Environment

Calendar & Geography

USDA zones: 5 - 7
Chill hours: 0
Ripening date: Sep 08 (approximate, in New York State) - 7 days after McIntosh

Tree Height & Spacing

Rootstock: B.118 Rootstock
Rootstock size class: Semi-Standard (90% of Standard)
Tree spacing (natural spread of tree): 24'
Good for wildlife planting? N

Diseases & Pests

Fireblight: Very Susceptible

Pollination

Pollination Factors

Bloom group: 2
Is it self-fertile? Y
Is it fertile? Y
Ploidy: Diploid
Rootstock size class: Semi-Standard (90% of Standard)

Pollination Partners

This table shows the first few results from a full search for pollenizers of Robert's Crab Apple on B.118. Please see our Pollenizer Search to run other queries and read how the application uses various factors. Also read more about fruit tree pollination.

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SnowSweet® Apple on B.118 2021 0
Golden Russet Apple on B.118 2021 0
Franklin Apple on B.118 2021 0
Somerset Redstreak Apple on MM.111 2021 0
Akane Apple on MM.111 2021 0
Galarina™ X-4982 CV. Apple on B.118 2021 0

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