Centennial Crab Apples – Plant Profile

Centennial Crab Apple Plant Profile

Centennial Crabapple Tree and Fruit

Semi Dwarf Cold Hardy trees produce plum shaped miniature apples with a light crimson blush over greenish yellow. Centennial Crab Apple was bred from Dolgo and Wealthy apples at the University of Minnesota in the 1950s. Small elongated fruits have a bright scarlet blush with a crisp sweet flavor that makes them excellent for eating fresh and good for canning. Blooms early-mid-season.

The apples are up to 2 inches round sometimes as small as 1.5 to 1.75 inches in diameter. it matures mid August to early September. They are best if picked before they turn fully red as the flesh softens at this point, when still have the golden underrtone it is crispier and more satisfying fresh. Fully ripe ones are still good eating, but better for preserves, jelly, sauce and apple butter so long as they aren’t over-ripe.

Hardy in zones 3 to 7 .
Mature Height 10 – 13 ft. 
Mature Spread 15 feet Avg. mature
Soil Type Sandy Loam to Loam  
Sun Exposure Full Sun to Light Shade
Growth Rate Medium
Fruiting Time 3 – 5 years
Fruit ripens mid August to early September
Resistant to Apple Scab Moderately resistant to fireblight and coddling moths
Propagation Methods: softwood cuttings, grafting and budding. Grafting and budding of this cultivar has a high failure rate