Malus or Crab Apple trees offer wonderful prolific spring blossom as well as decorative autumn fruits in a wide range of colours, sizes and shapes. Referred to as "Jewels of the Landscape", Crab Apples come in many shades of golden orange, yellow, pink, red and purple. They are sour when eaten raw, but larger varieties are excellent for using in jellies or preserves and even added to cider.
Crab Apples are named as such because of their size and if the fruits are larger than 2 inches in diameter, they'd be considered an apple. Crab Apple trees come in upright to weeping forms and while many are green leaved, there are some varieties with bronzed or purplish foliage. Prior to opening, flower buds swell up and can be brightly coloured even on white flowering varieties. Flowers can be single or double, in white pink or purple colours.
There are around 40 species and hundreds of hybrids of Malus tree. Originally from temperate regions in the northern hemisphere where they grow at woodland edges or in fairly open but still sheltered areas, these valuable trees are modest in height so good for small gardens. They grow well in virtually all soils (other than waterlogged or very dry) in sun or partial shade.
Malus trees are ideal for small gardens, with strong spring and autumn features and mature trees staying at a manageable size. We offer a number of varieties in mature sizes from 2m to 6m height. Please look at Malus Evereste, Malus floribunda, Malus Red Sentinel, Malus Rudolph, and Malus Tschonoskii.
Crab Apple trees are particularly beneficial to wildlife. Birds will eat the crabapples whilst many types of bees will come looking for pollen and nectar from certain varieties of crabapple tree. They are also used as pollinisers in orchards and can be used for practicing the art of bonsai. Crab Apple trees produce huge quantities of pollen.