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Wickson Crab cider apple trees

Malus domestica
Wickson Crab
Wickson Crab is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Self-fertility: Not self-fertile
  • Flowering group: 2

Wickson Crab is a popular crab apple with dense white blossom followed by attractive pink/red flushed apples, which are large by crab-apple standrds.

Wickson Crab apples contain plenty of pectin and are therefore useful in the kitchen for jams and jellies.

Unusually for a crab apple, Wickson Crab is also very sweet. The high sugar content is balanced by a strong acid content, and this potent combination makes the juice of Wickson Crab very popular for cider production in the United States.

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Wickson Crab organic cider apple trees - graft to order

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Growing and Training

Wickson Crab is a small and hardy tree. It has a wide climate range, and is suitable for both northern areas and warm climates.


Wickson was developed by the Californian apple enthusiast Albert Etter and released in 1947. Etter named the variety after the Californian pomologist Edward J. Wickson who was one of the few experts at the time who took Etter's breeding program seriously.

Etter claimed that Wickson Crab was developed from a Spitzenburg crab and a Newtown crab, although no such varieties exist, and it is thought there is no relation with the well-known traditional American apple varieties Esopus Spitzenburg and Newtown Pippin. A more likely parent would have been Transcendent Crab, which Etter is known to have used in his Etter's Gold variety, and which shares many similar characterstics.

Wickson Crab characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilityNot self-fertile
  • Flowering group2
  • Picking seasonLate
  • Season of use2-3 weeks
  • Food usesJuiceHard cider
  • Cold hardiness (USDA)Zone 3 (-40C)
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)Hot (>30C / 86F)
  • Fruit colourOrange / Red