Hewes Crab Apple Tree (Malus cv.)
Hewes Crab Apple Tree (Malus cv.)Hewes Crab Apple Tree (Malus cv.)

Hewes Crab Apple Tree (Malus cv.)

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Hardy fruit tree that can be grown as an ornamental
Description: Small rounded fruits of a dull red, streaked with green; ripens in September in Central Virginia
Habit: Grafted on size-controlling rootstock; grows to 8’
Culture: Prefers sunny location; well composted soil; mulch to conserve moisture
Hardiness: Cold hardy to USDA Zone 4
Attributes: Edible fruits, attracts bees

This cider apple, also known as Hughes' Crab and Virginia Crab, was the most common fruit variety grown in eighteenth-century Virginia. It is thought to be a cross between the North American crabapple, Malus angustifolia, and the domesticated European apple of horticulture. It produces a delicious cinnamon-flavored cider that is both sugary and pungent. Jefferson planted his entire north orchard exclusively with this variety. Jefferson’s friend John Hartwell Cocke of Bremo Plantation proclaimed that the Hewes produced “the best cider I have ever seen.” zone4,zone5,zone6,zone7
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