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Elk River crab apple trees

Malus coronaria
Elk River is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Blossom colour: Pink - light
  • Fruit colour: Green
Elk River features large fragrant pink single flowers followed by small bright green crab-apples.

Elk River crab apple trees for sale


All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.

  • PG12-year 12L pot-grown tree Semi-vigorous rootstock £71.50< 5 in stock
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)


  • BR11-year bare-root tree Semi-vigorous rootstock £44.00
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)

You can pre-order now, deliveries start in September.

Delivery charges

Delivery for a single tree starts at £9.95. It is calculated when you add trees to your basket, based on your postcode.

Elk River is a form of Malus coronaria, the American Crab Apple, also known as the Sweet Crab Apple. This species is characterised by its cold-hardniess, late flowering period, and fragrant blossom.

Elk River features large fragrant flushed dusky pink single flowers in spring.

In autumn it produces small bright green persistent crab apples in autumn. These are not particularly palatable, but can be used for cider or preserves.

The leaves also take on autumnal tints.

How to grow

Unlike most crab-apples, Elk River is not a good pollinator of mainstream apple varieties.

Elk River is very susceptible to cedar apple rust, although this is not usually an issue in the UK.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.


Elk River was discovered in the Elk River area of Minnesota in the 1930s, and introduced by the Niels Hansen of the South Dakota Agriculture Experiment Station.

Elk River characteristics


  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group5
  • Pollinating othersPoor
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climatesWarm climates


  • Picking seasonVery late
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)3 months or more
  • Food usesHard ciderEdible fruits


  • Disease resistanceAverage


  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1900 - 1949
  • Flowering monthMayJune
  • Blossom colourPink - light
  • Fruit colourGreen