March 08, 2004

Crab Apples

Nice article in the Columbian about Crab Apples. The article promotes their use not only as flowering trees for a garden but also gives a good-looking recipe for Crab Apple Butter.

We are planing a few varieties of Crab Apples because they are very good sources of pollen for the rest of our trees. Since the Crab Apples are much smaller than regular eating apples (in fact, any apple less than 2” diameter is considered to be a 'Crab'), the tree compensates by making more of them.

This yields a very large number of flowers come pollination time.

No pollination — no fruit. Pollination good! :-)

Posted by DaveH at March 8, 2004 01:20 PM | TrackBack