‘Klehm’s Improved Bechtel’ Crabapple


‘Klehm’s Improved Bechtel’ Crabapple

Malus 20x20' M. ionensis x open-pollinated. A seedling of the native Prairie Crab.

Large beautiful double rose-like blossoms, each with 30–35 petals edged in pink and veined in red, daub the tree’s branches before leaves emerge. You will be charmed into oblivion.

The 1" green fruit is so fragrant that a bowlful will scent the house for a week. Like its offspring Brandywine, the fruit is way too astringent for jelly or fresh eating but suitable for cider blends.

Soft green foliage turns red in the fall. Medium-sized somewhat vase-shaped rounded tree. Among the last to bloom each spring. One of the most enchanting crabs in staffer Mike Smith’s collection in Jackson. Z4. Maine Grown. (Semi-dwarf: 2½-5' bare-root trees)

492 ‘Klehm’s Improved Bechtel’
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Additional Information


All apple trees require a second variety for pollination.

For more info:
About Crabapples
About Apples
About Cider Apples
Planting distances
About Apple rootstocks