Rescue Apple-Crab

Malus 'Rescue'

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Rescue Apple-Crab (Malus 'Rescue') at Millcreek Nursery Ltd

Rescue Apple-Crab in bloom

Rescue Apple-Crab in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Rescue Apple-Crab (Malus 'Rescue') at Millcreek Nursery Ltd

Rescue Apple-Crab flowers

Rescue Apple-Crab flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  16 feet

Spread:  13 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  3a


A very hardy apple-crab producing 1.5" red fruit, good flavor, good for eating, may not keep well; early season, very hardy, need a second pollinator; the perfect combination of accent and fruit tree, needs well-drained soil and full sun

Edible Qualities

Rescue Apple-Crab is a small tree that is commonly grown for its edible qualities. It produces small red round apples (which are botanically known as 'pomes') with hints of yellow and creamy white flesh which are usually ready for picking from mid to late summer. The apples have a tart taste and a firm texture.

The apples are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Preserves
  • Juice-Making

Features & Attributes

Rescue Apple-Crab features showy clusters of lightly-scented white flowers with shell pink overtones along the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive pink flower buds. It has forest green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn yellow in fall. The fruits are showy red apples with hints of yellow, which are carried in abundance in early fall. The fruit can be messy if allowed to drop on the lawn or walkways, and may require occasional clean-up.

This is a deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition. This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Messy

Aside from its primary use as an edible, Rescue Apple-Crab is sutiable for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade
  • Orchard/Edible Landscaping

Planting & Growing

Rescue Apple-Crab will grow to be about 16 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 13 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more. This variety requires a different selection of the same species growing nearby in order to set fruit.

This tree is typically grown in a designated area of the yard because of its mature size and spread. It should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Shade  Orchard 
Flowers  Fruit  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features