Crabapple (MALUS 'DOLGO') - 'Dolgo'
A unique cultivar in that it produces larger, brilliant red crabapples than other varieties that are ideal for making jelly. ‘Dolgo’ crabapple also is an excellent pollinator for traditional apple trees. This hardy, early bloomer is full of prolific white blossoms in mid-spring that emerge from distinctive shell pink flower buds. Soon after, the pointy dark green leaves fill in the branches and then turn a lovely shade of yellow in the fall. A heavy yield of edible crabapples form in late summer. Good cold tolerance and a high level of disease resistance makes this an excellent choice as both an ornamental and edible in cooler climates.
Reaching for a mature height of 35 feet with a spread of 30 feet, 'Dolgo' is a multipurpose tree. Cold hardy to an astounding USDA Hardiness zone 2, this tough tree makes an excellent pollinator for apple trees while still producing a nice crop of it's own edible crabapples. Often used for making jelly, these fruits add purpose to beauty. Plant this tree just like other fruiting trees - full sunlight with well-drained soil. Water consistently for best growth and production. Prune in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Will require another variety of crab or apple tree pollinator that blooms around the same time in order to set fruit.