Malus

Crab Apple trees are the most diverse garden trees. Like other apples, they fall under the genus Malus. There are many beautiful varieties, producing a dazzling range of blossoms, fruit, foliage, and habits. Crab Apple flowers mostly appear in April and May in abundance, often covering the whole tree. Some are pure white, others are very deep red or purple. They can be single-petalled open flowers or more dense double flowers. Crab Apple blossom is fantastic for insects and great for pollinating apple trees.

Malus trees produce fruit in the form of Crab Apples. These are smaller than normal eating apples and are best used for jellies. Although there is no scientific distinction, apples that are smaller than two inches in diameter are considered to be Crab Apples. The taste is sourer than normal eating apples and they are much higher in antioxidants and vitamin C. They also make excellent natural bird feeders. Some varieties have very persistent fruit that remains on the tree well into winter, providing an excellent food source for birds.

Crab Apple trees are tolerant of almost any soil condition, except waterlogged, and are happy in full sun or partial shade. They will grow well in almost any garden. They are very disease-resistant and trouble-free. All Malus can be pruned hard to shape if required so they can grow in even the smallest garden. Some dwarf varieties and those grafted onto a dwarf rootstock are also ideal for keeping in a pot.

As well as dwarf varieties, Crab Apple trees can be very upright, growing in a column, weeping in an elegant umbrella shape, or spreading out like a mushroom. Most make a dainty tree that can be planted as a single specimen or grown in groups or borders with other plants.

We would highly recommend planting a Crab Apple tree. They are very ornamental and are not big trees. The range of fruit colour is spectacular: bright yellow, dazzling pink, verdant green, rich scarlet or deep purple. The leaves often display lovely autumn colour too. In spring the blossom can be pure white or varying shades of pink and red. The blossom is profuse and they make excellent pollinators for all other apple trees. Insects and bees love the flowers and the birds love the fruit so they are great for wildlife. Crab Apple trees make some of the very best garden trees.

  • Malus ‘Golden Hornet’

    Crab Apple

    From £31.00

    Small compact tree. White blossom and large crops of yellow fruit. Height & Spread after 10yr 4m x 3m.

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  • Malus 'Marble'® Nuvar

    Malus ‘Marble’® Nuvar

    Crab Apple

    From £59.00

    Fruits begin green yellow, then vibrant pink, later featuring pink and yellow marbling. Single white flowers.

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  • Malus 'Pink Glow' 1

    Malus ‘Pink Glow’

    Crab Apple

    From £31.00

    One of the best early fruiting crabs with bright pink fruit and strong, single, white flowers. Makes superb jelly.

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  • Malus ‘Scarlett’®

    Crab Apple

    From £31.00

    Bright, shiny, purple lobed leaves turning rich, dark green with age. Orange/red in autumn. Rich pink blossom.

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  • Malus ‘Sun Rival’

    Crab Apple

    From £31.00

    Small weeping tree with delicate pink buds opening to white scented flowers followed by bright red fruits.

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  • Malus 'Van Eseltine'

    Malus ‘Van Eseltine’

    Crab Apple

    £72.00

    Similar impressive double pink flowers to M. ‘Pink Perfection’ but with a neat upright habit and small yellow fruits.

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  • Malus x 'Cinderella' (Cinzam) 1

    Malus x ‘Cinderella’ (Cinzam)

    Crab Apple

    £72.00

    Dwarf, round, upright form. Red buds open to white flowers in spring followed by yellow crab apples in autumn.

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  • Malus x robusta ‘Red Sentinel’

    Crab Apple

    From £31.00

    White, apple blossom scented flowers and large clusters of deep red fruits. Height after 10yr 4m x 3m.

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  • Malus ioensis 'Fimbriata'

    Malus ioensis ‘Fimbriata’

    Crab Apple

    £59.00

    Flowering crab apple. Masses of pale pink flowers in spring. Upright and broad headed tree with small fruits in autumn.

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  • Malus ‘Admiration’

    Crab Apple

    Out of stock

    A charming, dwarf, upright growing Malus with semi-double white flowers and persistent small apricot coloured fruit.

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  • Malus 'Aros'®

    Malus ‘Aros’®

    Crab Apple

    Out of stock

    Leaves shiny dark burgundy to black. Bright purple/pink flowers in spring turn a very dark red/maroon.

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  • Malus baccata

    Malus baccata

    Siberian Crab Apple

    Out of stock

    Vigorous tree. Oval finely toothed leaves are dark green above, paler beneath. Fragrant cup-shaped flowers.

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