Incredibly beautiful fragrant flowers followed by unbelievably bitter fruit. Deep red buds open to small deep pink double rose-like blossoms. Put an arrangement of these flowers in a vase, and people will swear they are roses. One of the most fragrant crabs.
Cidermakers love the unattractive 1-2" yellow fruit that drops in the fall and makes a mess. Very high in tannin. In Cider Digest some years ago, one grower wrote, “You ought to try planting a crab called ‘Brandywine’. WOW!!! what a real mouth-killer as far as tannin goes… Couldn’t tell you the acidity because my tongue had gone dead.”
Loosely rounded tree. Alternate bloomer. Blooms late. Z4.
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