Dolgo Crabapple Tree
Edible Dolgo Crabapple is a Beautiful Pollinator
The Dolgo Crabapple Tree (Malus 'Dolgo') has been impressing growers since it was first brought from Russia in 1897. One of a group of Malus baccata seedlings brought to South Dakota by Professor N E Hansen, the Dolgo was selected as the best of the lot and introduced to market in 1917.
Dolgo was an instant hit, because it's an early and heavy bearing variety. It also quickly won favor from home growers for its resistance to fire blight and apple scab. By 1940, the Dolgo Crabapple was listed as the leading commercial variety grown in Minnesota. It was proclaimed across the country for its high juice content and excellent flavor for everything from jelly to cider.
Since its introduction, this tree has been beloved by generations of gardeners and may bring back wonderful childhood memories for many. The show begins in early April when the Dolgo Crabapple sprouts apricot-pink buds that open into an explosion of fragrant, self-pollinating, white flowers.
The bloom lasts for weeks! This long bloom period overlaps many other varieties, which is why it is included in many apple orchards. The Dolgo crab is an excellent pollinator for other apple trees.
In fall, the shiny, deep-green foliage turns a stunning bright yellow that is certain to brighten your landscape. Use them along your property line, or as a special accent tree where you'll see it from your window.
In wintertime, you'll delight in the persistent ornamental fruit that hangs like Christmas ornaments on a tree. This provides a food source for local songbirds through the winter. Use it to naturalize a larger landscape and provide a source of food for wildlife.
The Dolgo Crabapple is a large and lovely Crabapple variety that produces large, edible fruit. It works beautifully as a small ornamental tree in your yard and acts as a universal pollinator for other Apple varieties.
- Extended Season of White Blooms
- Universal Pollinator
- Early Ripening
- Cold Hardy, Widely Adaptable Small Tree
- Many Uses for the Fruit
This tree is a wonderful choice. Order today!
Grow Healthy Edible Dolgo Crabapples
As attractive as this well-known tree is, it's just as valued for its juicy, brilliant crimson red fruit which ripens in August, early in the Apple season. Sweeter and larger than other Crabapples, the name Dolgo is Russian for the word "long". These fruits grow two-inches long and have excellent fresh eating quality.
The Dolgo is also great for making pies, chutneys, butter, jams, jellies, beer, ciders and sauces. Plan to make healthy fruit leather or pickle the fruit from your tree, as well.
You can even use them to make your own pectin, a beneficial soluble fiber used as a gelling agent to set any kind of fruit jelly or jam. Dolgo's are naturally blessed with an abundance of pectin. You may have seen this as a supplement at the health food store to help maintain normal blood sugar levels.
A cold hardy tree, it is well adapted to Zones 3- 9 and has been grown successfully as far north as Zone 2, so it grows well just about anywhere! You can easily prune this to keep it to any height you desire.
A decorative tree in spring and fall that produces healthy edible fruit. It's hardy and disease resistant...a perfect addition to the landscape as a background tree or accent tree. What else could a homeowner wish for in a landscape tree?
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Buying Options for Plants
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
- Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
- Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.
Nature Hills Container Size by Volume
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|3.5" Container||Equal to||.67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Equal to||.87 dry quart / .96 dry liter in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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Wonderful Cold-Hardy Dolgo Crabapple
The Dolgo Crabapple, considered by many to be the finest, most versatile of all Crabapples, has its origin from a most unlikely place, by a USDA breeder who was almost a one-man show.
The South Dakota Agricultural Experiment station at Brookings was founded in 1887. This is where Niels Hansen began his work after graduating from Iowa State College in 1895. With a focus on South Dakota and the Northern Plains, Hansen set out to discover all fruits, vegetables, grains and ornamental plants suited to the higher latitudes of this northern climate.
He would span the reaches of Northern Europe and Asia in search of plants that would be candidates to work with at the Brookings Station. Between the years 1895 and 1937, Hansen, working with a low budget and limited resources, brought back many of what would become the base for hybridizing or establishing today's most popular cold-hardy varieties.
With the aid of funding from the USDA, Niels Hansen was amongst the most noted plant explorers of his day. Other famous plantsmen, such as David Fairchild, Frank Meyers and Wilson Popence, traveled the world in search of plants to improve the varieties being grown in the United States. Hansen, though showing restraint on spending while at home, was often accused of lavish spending when traveling on the USDA's dollar. But he is also credited with bringing back the most significant finds of the time. Among them are the Malus baccata, or the Red Fleshed Siberian Crabapple, which proved to be useful as a rootstock with many other applications as well.
The Dolgo Crabapple came from seed that he brought back from Russia in 1897. Very quickly recognized for its beautiful form, the tree's overall usefulness would come with Hansen's clever way of research with limited funds. Growing as many as 100,000 seedlings in a year, he would select what appeared to be the most promising. He would then name them and offer them for sale.
Farmers would order trees and Hansen would stay in close contact, assessing the development of all the selections. He would often change the catalog to reflect new information about a variety. His huge network became the testing ground for 363 plant cultivars developed from Hansen's introductions. The selections spanned the fruit, nut, and berry offerings, which included Dolgo Crabapple, remaining as popular today as it did 100 years ago.
|Botanical Name||Malus 'Dolgo'|
|Mature Height||15 - 20 feet|
|Mature Spread||20 - 30 feet|
|Soil Type||Widely Adaptable|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Fruiting Time||3 - 5 years|