Crab Apple Trees
The Crab Apple Tree is a small to medium-sized deciduous tree with showy pink flowers in spring and ornamental or edible fruit in autumn.
|Approx height when sent||
1 – 1.2 metre 3L
|Ultimate height and spread||
8 metres x 8 metres
|When to plant||
Full Sun, Semi-shade
A small rounded tree with ovate leaves and clusters of pink-tinged white flowers in late spring, followed by yellow-green, sometimes red-flushed fruit in Autumn.
Grown wild throughout Britain since time began it is an easy contented tree liking sun or partial shade. It prefers moist well-drained alkaline to neutral soil but will grow on Chalk, Sand, Clay or Loam.
The flowers and fruit are a valuable source to bees, insects, birds and wildlife such as dormice and hedgehogs.
When planting, incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly. In spring, weed, mulch and use a seaweed solution. Summer, enjoy your tree and come autumn collect the fruit for delicious crabapple jelly. Prune dead, diseased and crossing branches in winter and compost while the tree is dormant.
This apple has a very long flowering period, so belongs to all the pollination groups and therefore is ideal for using as a pollinating partner to all other apples.
Position: full sun or partial shade
Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
Rate of growth: average
Ultimate size: 8 x 8m
Flowering period: May
Hardiness: fully hardy