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Single white flowers in spring, amid green foliage that turns pretty autumn shades. Crab apples begin green-yellow transforming to a vibrant pink hue, then fading to pink and yellow marbling over the surface. (Kent, UK, 1970s)
Description: Malus 'Marble' is a small deciduous tree with attractive single white flowers in spring, amid the green foliage that turns pretty autumn shades as the seasons change. Beginning green-yellow, the crab apples transform into a glowing vibrant pink hue, before fading slightly to feature spectacular pink and yellow marbling over the surface.
History: Developed by John Breach, Kent in the 1970s.
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
One of the best early fruiting crabs with bright pink fruit and strong, single, white flowers. Makes superb jelly.
A beautiful dainty and graceful tree with oriental horizontally-tired branches covered with pink flowers. Dark purple fruit.
A spreading tree that appears to have arching branches due to the heavy crop of large glowing butter coloured fruit.
A charming, dwarf, upright growing Malus with semi-double white flowers and persistent small apricot coloured fruit.
Your tree will have been pruned prior to despatch so there should be no need to prune straight away. Some varieties will benefit from being pruned later – please see the variety specific information.
We would advise watering your tree when planting and then regularly during the first summer in the ground. Thereafter the level of watering will depend on the soil and weather conditions. It is best to not let young trees dry out.
Check the ‘Advice’ section of our website on detailed information about how to plant a tree.
A free booklet with simple instructions will also be included with your order.
Trees should always be planted as soon as possible. The only exception would be bare root trees if the soil is very frozen or waterlogged, in which case heel the trees in until the ground is ready. Bare root trees must be planted before new growth appears in spring, this is usually in March.
If your tree is to be kept in a container, then we’d advise repotting into a larger container as soon as possible. Please check to see whether the tree is suitable for a pot before purchasing.
Yes, you can collect the trees from the nursery. Please select the ‘Collect’ option when placing the order. We will email you as soon as your order is ready for collection.
The delivery charge is calculated according to the number of boxes needed to send the trees. One container grown tree will need one box; bare root trees vary but we can usually get about three in a box. The total delivery cost will be shown when you place the order.
We currently do not deliver to any addresses outside of mainland Great Britain.
We will notify you by email when your order has been despatched. It will usually be delivered within three days from notification.
Our boxes are 2 metres tall and 30cm square.
We are unable to offer a scheduled delivery service as we cannot guarantee an exact delivery date. We can aim for a specific week if you let us know.
Our courier company will leave the package in the safest place if there is no one there, so there is no need to sign for the delivery.
Container grown trees are available from August and bare root trees are available from November. We always aim to deliver your order as soon as every item is ready for despatch.
If the whole order is ready when purchased, it usually takes between 5 and 10 working days to arrive.
See below for a guide on when bare root trees are usually ready for despatch.
Early November – Two year old plums, cherries, apples and then pears.Late November – One year maiden plums, cherries, apples and then pears.Late November/Early December – Ornamental prunus, sorbus, thorns, malus and then pyrus.
This is an estimate as the lifting of bare root trees is very weather dependant.
If you are unhappy with your tree when it arrives, please email email@example.com within five working days and we will get back to you as soon as possible.