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Category Archives: Crab apples

A tree for blackbirds

At this time of year, blackbirds need an extra source of food. MALUS ROBUSTA is a beautiful wild apple tree, with red berries during the winter months. It is a wonderful tree for the garden. Malus Everest or Malus Royalty are particularly liked by honey bees in the early spring: they are blossom-heavy trees which need special recognition as part of the green movement in our locality. Take a look at our main website for contact details and further information.

Malus robusta

Malus robusta, photo courtesy of MPaola Andreoni/flickr.com

Traditional large bush trees

Malus John Downie, photo courtesy of Andy/Andrew Fogg/flickr.com

Malus John Downie, photo courtesy of Andy/Andrew Fogg/flickr.com

Modern fruit trees are generally grown on a dwarfing or semi-dwarfing rootstock that keeps their size down to manageable levels and can be grown to produce a fairly flat table at a height convenient for picking without ladders. But sometimes we get requests for the traditional old English fruit tree, the sort that grows to an appreciable size and ends up with knarled branches that young children can even climb. An ideal tree for a village green with a good space around the tree to do Maypole-type dancing is the Granny Smith. The fruit hangs on the tree until Christmas without dropping and looks spectacular. However somewhere in a garden nearby there has to be a pollinator… otherwise no fruit!

A much better tree for a very large lawn or a village green is a John Downie crab apple. The fruit looks good and makes wonderful crab apple jelly.

Whatever your tree requirements, don’t hesitate to contact us for more information and on any special needs you have. And, as they say, the best time to plant a tree was twenty years ago, but the next best time is now, so don’t delay!

Malus robusta

Malus robusta, photo courtesy of Jukka Heinonen/flickr.com

Malus robusta, photo courtesy of Jukka Heinonen/flickr.com

This relatively small tree is much-loved for its large clusters of red crab apples that create a striking sight right through to January. Blossom is white and fragrant. This crab apple is a good pollinator for all dessert apple varieties.

Click here to go to the Tree Varieties page, where you can select this and other varieties in a provisional order

Malus John Downie

Malus John Downie, photo courtesy of Andy/Andrew Fogg/flickr.com

Malus John Downie, photo courtesy of Andy/Andrew Fogg/flickr.com

A self-fertile crab apple producing lovely pink-white blossom, and large, red-flushed yellow fruit in autumn. This is the best crab apple variety for making jelly.

Click here to go to the Tree Varieties page, where you can select this and other varieties in a provisional order

Malus evereste

Malus evereste crab apple, photo courtesy of Stadtkatze/flickr.com

Malus evereste crab apple, photo courtesy of Stadtkatze/flickr.com

A very attractive self-fertile tree with red bud that develops into beautiful white flowers and then into shiny yellow/red fruits. The tree is attractive in autumn as well, with its leaves that turn orange-yellow. The fruit remains on the tree well into December – much loved by birds. This crab apple is a good pollinator for all dessert apple varieties.

Click here to go to the Tree Varieties page, where you can select this and other varieties in a provisional order