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Siberian Crabapple 'Dolgo'

Malus baccata

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malus (MAY-lus) (Info)
Species: baccata (BAK-ah-tuh) (Info)
Cultivar: Dolgo
Registered or introduced: 1917
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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Time:

Mid season flowering


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Rootstock Vigor:

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Bearing Habit:

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Disease Resistance:

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Propagation Methods:

By grafting

By budding

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Berkeley, California

Glen Ellyn, Illinois

Frederick, Maryland

Minneapolis, Minnesota

Beach, North Dakota

Belfield, North Dakota

Downingtown, Pennsylvania

Blaine, Washington

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Aug 9, 2015, Rickwebb from Downingtown, PA wrote:

This Crabapple was planted occasionally in the Chicago area in the 1970's and later as an ornamental, not a fruit tree. The relatively large purplish-red crabapples, for an East Asian Crabapple, are on the tree only in late summer and early fall. (The few species of American Crabapples bear larger yellowish-green crabapples about 1.5" in diameter.) I just saw one of these crabapples in an industrial-office park in southeast PA.


On Aug 24, 2014, MaryArneson from Minneapolis, MN (Zone 4b) wrote:

We had this crabapple on the family farm when I was growing up in Minnesota, and my husband and I planted one at our house in Minneapolis more than 35 years ago. It blooms beautifully every spring and bears large, dark red crabapples in late August or early September. We had a huge crop this year and have been canning jelly, crabapple butter and applesauce. Even without extra sugar, the sauce is very tasty. (I like tart applesauce.) The jelly is a gorgeous ruby-red. The tree seems sturdy and disease - resistant.


On Jul 28, 2007, Dea from Frederick, MD (Zone 6a) wrote:

The only negative thing is that we must net our tree once the fruit sets; otherwise the Japanese beetles will destroy all fruit.

It is highly fragrant and the apples are much larger than most other crabs.