Hewes Crabapple Tree

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Grow living history with heirloom Hewes Crabapple (Malus augustafolia 'Hewes') tree for home-pressed cider. This esteemed selection was introduced in the 1700's; and produces well-balanced, full-bodied cider with a bold, spiced floral flavor that features notes of cinnamon.

Late season harvest of small, rounded fruit features matte red streaks on a green background. Happily, Hewes crabapples are hard to bruise and thus tend to remain rot-free through harvest.

Planting and Application:

Hewes crabapple juice must separates cleanly and runs clear when pressed during cider production. Imagine hand-crafting the same style of bitter-sharp cider enjoyed by George Washington and Thomas Jefferson!

  • Hewes VirginiaCrabapple trees are vigorous, hardy and healthy. Each spring, the tree is covered in pretty white blooms making it suitable as a hard-working Edible Landscape selection.
  • Known as a biennial, alternate producer Hewes Crabapple bears heavily every other year. Like the other fine things in life...you'll want to savor the bright, valuable flavor of niche Hewes cider as it's available.
  • Mix with other cider apples to add hearty mouthfeel and a distinctive zippy finish; or use Hewes in an exclusive crush the way President Washington preferred it!
  • Like Dolgo Crabapple, Hewes is also a good pollinator partner for early to mid-season blooming Apple trees. Pair with Newtown Pippin, Honeycrisp or GoldRush Apple trees from NatureHills.com.
  • Hewes is called the most famous Southern Crabapple for a good reason. You may hear it called by its other nicknames, including: Virginia Crab, Hewe's Crab and even alternate spellings like Hugh's Crab.

#ProPlantTips for Care: 

Plant in full sun with at least six hours of sunlight a day. Select a planting site with well-drained soil and good air circulation; adding symbiotic Nature Hills Root Booster in the planting hole to provide life-long support of the tiny feeder roots.

  • It's best to supply consistent water to Hewes Crabapple trees during fruit development. Poke your finger into the soil up to the second knuckle near the base of your tree and apply water when it starts to get dry.
  • Read NatureHills.com Garden Blog for tips on how to prune your fruit trees. Prune in late winter to establish the framework of structural branches; prune to control size in summer if you plan to maintain smaller fruiting trees.
  • Apply a three-inch layer of mulch around the trunk, pulling it back away from directly touching the stems. Add high-quality fertilizer in early spring; applying according to the label directions.

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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.

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Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters 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
Size Volume
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
Size Volume
#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
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 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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Hewes Crabapple Tree Is Suited to Grow in Zones 5-9
Growing Zones 5-9
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Malus x 'Hewes'
Type Deciduous
Size Semi Dwarf
Mature Height 12 - 15 feet
Mature Spread 12 - 15 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Harvest Time Mid Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time Mid-Season
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes