Identify Crab Apple

danielj_2009July 13, 2009

Hi. I have a tree that I'm almost positive is crab apple (since it is growing nice sized crab apples on it). However, it is important that I get the identity correct. Someone once told me that if I cut the fruit in half that there should be 5 seed pods if it is an apple. This tree has 4 seed pods and one sliver that looks to be about where the 5th pod should be. Is 4 also a correct number?

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jellyman(6/7VA)

Daniel:

If it looks like a crabapple, walks like a crabapple, and quacks like a crabapple, it's a crabapple.

There is no correct number for the number of seeds in an apple. All depends on how well it is pollinated. I have seen as many as 8, and as few as 4. Usually, the more seed pods, the larger the apple. There is no such thing as a "correct" number, regardless of what that someone once told you.

Can you tell us why it is important that it be a crabapple? Also, can you tell us where you live?

Don Yellman, Great Falls, VA

    Bookmark   July 13, 2009 at 10:11PM
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susana_mc(8a Jackson MS)

Hi Don, thanks for your help last spring on fireblight! I think it's under control, tho I lost an ein shemer apple. Fireblight was bad here, even getting my Orient pear.

Is there a list of good species of crabapples for pollination of different apple species? As usual, I just blundered in and bought a magenta (from coldwater farm- they were not expensive) and a native crabapple to help pollinate my Braeburn and Gala apple trees, hoping they would be in flower at the same time. The trees are still young and only the Gala has flowered at all yet.

Do you know if they will flower at the same time or be any help in pollination?

Susan

    Bookmark   July 14, 2009 at 9:27AM
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