Please don't think your bugging me like most people do. It's just I tend to forget things unless they are right in my face. I only have so much memory available and they don't sell upgrades at Walmart. So by reminding me you are actually doing me a favor.
Apples do ok here. I have a ton of wild Pacific crabapples which are even more water tolerant. Cherries do ok but I gave up on them as both deer and elk ate the ones I planted. I tried pear trees of different varieties but only the 2 bartletts have done ok.
Have you thought about grafting into some of those crabs? If they grow like wildfire you might have a winning combination for your neck of the woods. I had to part my brain on these fruit trees. What's above and below the graft. What's below sets the stage for what's above as far as growth and resistance to diseases, etc. There's no rule that says you can't graft a bud or two or three onto a wild root stock, as long as it's in the same family (in you've case apple) it should take. Worth a try, nothing ventured nothing gained is the way I'm approaching it anyways.
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Have a look at this T Bud and Chip budding video, done in August via budstick.Apparently it's been thought of, at least by hobbiests, as Pacific crabapples tolerate inundation so well. So maybe I need to learn to graft. I have some trees that would be perfect for experimenting.