Elgin (Lady Elgin, Geneva)

Originated on the farm of James Forbes, of Ridott Township, Illinois. Tree hardy, vigorous, upright, slender branches, very productive.

Fruit large, roundish oblate, regular, surface smooth, whitish yellow, nearly covered with bright rich red; dots few, light and gray; cavity small; stem medium, slender; basin shallow, corrugated; calyx closed; flesh white, fine, tender, juicy, mild subacid, slightly vinous; very good for canning or dessert. September, December. (Downing.)


"A seedling of Wealthy, originated by Peter M. Gideon, Excelsior, Minnesota, from whom it was received in 1888.

" Fruit very large for a crab, nearly as large as a medium-sized apple, roundish oblate; stem rather long and slender, sometimes bracted, and inserted in a narrow rather shallow cavity; calyx rather large, closed; set in a shallow, broad-plaited basin; skin smooth, yellow, sprinkled with numerous russet dots, and shaded or splashed with red over much of its surface; handsome in appearance; flesh white, not fine-grained, firm, juicy, subacid, with crab-apple flavor; good to very good in quality. Begins to ripen about the first of September. Tree vigorous, upright, spreading." (Beach and Paddock, N. Y. Exp. Sta. An. Rep., 1894.)


Originated at Faribault, Minnesota, from seed of Gilpin. Placed on Minnesota State Horticultural Society's Fruit List December, 1902.

Fruit large, roundish, somewhat five-sided, flattened at ends; surface smooth, yellow, mostly covered with fine nearly solid dark red, with obscure carmine streaks; dots distinct, minute, yellow; cavity regular, obtuse, deep; stem long; basin nearly flat, corrugated; calyx closed; segments erect convergent. Core closed; cells ovate; tube funnel-shaped; stamens median; seeds short, plump; flesh yellow, with yellow veinings, moderately juicy, mild subacid, good. Winter.


Originated by Peter M. Gideon, Excelsior, Minnesota. One of the best crabs for market.

Fruit medium, oblate, nearly regular, obscurely ribbed and uneven; surface polished and waxen, yellowish white, mostly covered with brilliant solid crimson, somewhat mottled on shady side, a beautiful fruit; dots few, minute, white, very obscure; cavity deep, regular, slightly russeted; stem long; basin flat, minutely wrinkled; calyx closed; segments divergent, long. Core closed; cells obovate, entire; tube funnel-shaped; stamens marginal; flesh yellowish white, tender, very crisp and juicy, brisk subacid, good. September.


Originated by the late Geo. P. Peffer, Pewaukee, Wisconsin, by crossing an oblate yellow Siberian crab with pollen of the Fall Green apple.

Crab Apple Variety: Gibb Crab

Gibb Crab.

Fruit large, roundish oblate, very regular; surface rich orange yellow, blushed on sunny side, with a little thin net-veining of russet, a beautiful fruit; dots white, minute; cavity regular; stem medium long; basin shallow, wide, often wrinkled around the eye; calyx open; flesh a rich orange yellow, juicy, pleasant acid. September.