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Dolgo Crabapple

Will Ship Spring 2024

Plant Type: Dormant, bare-root

Zones:  3-9

Soil Type:  Loamy & Sandy Soils

Site Selection: Full Sun, Partial Sun

Mature Height & Width:  15-20' Height and 20-30' Spread

Growth Rate:  Moderate - 12-24" per year on average

Moisture Requirements: Average soils

Plant Characteristics

Dolgo Crabapple

Malus x 'Dolgo'

The Dolgo Crabapple is a beautiful crab tree that has good cold tolerance and a high level of disease resistance. In spring, the tree is covered with white flowers and its green shiny leaves begin to form. Due to the long bloom time of its flowers, its a good pollinator for many other types of crabapple and apple trees. The Dolgo Crabapple produces a heavy crop of large 1 - 1.5" olive shaped crabapples. These crabapples are crimson in color and very flavorful. The fruit of this tree ripens in August and September and persists well into December. The size and flavor of the crabapple, along with its slow drop of fruit over an extended period of time, make this an excellent selection for deer hunting plots.

The Dolgo Crabapple has an upright crown and its branches grow skyward.  While it is a great specimen in the home landscape, this tree will also do well in moist woodlands and upland areas that do not dry out for extended periods of time. 

Common uses for the Dolgo Crabapple include:

  • Attracts deer with its large crabapples and extended drop time
  • Beautiful specimen for yard or acreage
  • The white flowers of this crabapple attract bees for excellent pollination
  • Incorporated as the middle story of a windbreak
  • Good pollinator for many types of crabapple and apple trees

The Dolgo Crabapple develops large crabapples which ripen in August and September. These crabapples persist well into fall and drop from the tree over an extended period of time, many times well into December. This provides a steady food source which is great for deer in particular. A favorite choice for deer hunters who plant natural food sources on their acreage. The white flowers on this tree also attract and help the bee populations by providing nectar.

Product Questions

If i pay for now can you send to me in april or may
Question by: Jacob W Gunderson on Dec 13, 2020, 4:54 PM
Yes. We exclusively ship in the Spring, from Mid-April through Mid-May.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Dec 14, 2020, 9:02 AM
how long until this produces fruit?
Question by: Chris Cejka on Apr 3, 2021, 11:46 PM
The Dolgo Crabapple can take 2-5 years to produce fruit.
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Apr 7, 2021, 12:01 PM
Does the Dolgo crabapple tree require pruning?
Question by: Trav Harrell on Mar 1, 2023, 9:57 AM
It does not require pruning unless you are wanting to maintain a certain height
Answer by: Chief River Nursery on Mar 1, 2023, 10:26 AM