Malus sylvestris Crab Apple

Description: The wild apple or common Crab Apple develops into a small rounded tree with attractive blossom and fruit. The white flushed pink flowers emerge in spring, followed by yellow-green fruits which are a favourite with birds. Ideal for native mixed planting or shelterbelts that provide great low cover for wildlife.

History: Native to the UK and much of Europe, one of the ancestors of the enormous range of Malus currently cultivated.

Malus Growing Tips: Crab Apples are self-fertile, and very useful as pollinators for a variety of fruit trees. Full sun or part shade lover, best grown in fertile, moist, deep, loamy soils. Requires minimal pruning in late winter or spring to remove damaged, diseased or misplaced growth.

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 4m x 3m

Attributes

  • Flowering month: April
  • Deciduous
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • S Size: Small
  • Replacement prune
  • Fruit for wildlife
  • Suitable for hedging

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