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Malus hupehensis Tree

Tea Crab Apple Trees

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The Chinese Crab Apple or Tea Crab Apple tree is most popular for its cloak of immaculate white blossoms which emerge in the Spring, covering the tree from top to tail. Originating in China, where the leaves were brewed to make tea, Malus Hupehensis is a popular ornamental tree in the UK. When the cloud of blossom finally departs, you are left with attractive, dark-green foliage on an upright tree that broadens with age, before a mass of small, red crab apples appear in the Autumn. These crab apples will usually hang on until the winter, providing a vital source of food for wildlife.  Malus hupehensis is one of the most prolific of all crab apples which is wonderful feature of such a small tree.

With a rounded shape, the Hupeh Crab Apple will grow to 5 x 4 metres in 20 years and prefers a moist but well-drained site in full sun or partial shade. This tree is showy but not overwhelming and is one of the best crap apple varieties, with the RHS Award of Garden Merit.  This variety of Malus has crab apples which are ideal for culinary purposes, and is therefore sold with zero VAT.

AKA Chinese Crab apple, Tea Crab apple, Hupeh Crab apple, Hupei Crab apple, Hupeh crab, Malus theifera, Flowering crab apple

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12L pot 150-200cm Pruned & Shaped Tree £49.99 (VAT Free) New batch ready Summer 2017
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Delivery Timescales

Most deliveries are made within a week of placing the order. Many are despatched within 24 hours of receiving the order, but please allow up to 10 working days to be on the safe side. There is a slightly longer timescale on pleached trees or trees over 2.5m in height (all trees called Standard, Premium Standard, Heavy Standard, Extra Heavy Standard, Mature Trees or Pleached) because we have to group orders together into geographic areas for a specialist haulage contractor to deliver and this takes a bit of scheduling.

Gift trees and other trees required for arrival on a specific date can be accommodated with pleasure and at no extra charge. Although we really don't like to give ourselves wriggle room (because we so rarely need it!), we do have to say that we accept no legal responsibility for late deliveries.

The vast majority of trees are sent on a 'no signature required' basis, so there's no need to be in to receive your order. You can give us instructions on where to leave your delivery either via the checkout or send us a separate email. For some mature or pleached trees we may contact you in advance if the delivery driver needs help getting the tree/trees off the vehicle.

All trees are packed very carefully by our experienced team and delivered using couriers who've been tried and tested over many years.

Our nursery is a busy despatch centre and therefore customers need to make an appointment to collect or view trees.  For collections, despatch charges will be refunded.

Delivery Costs

Smaller trees/bushes have a delivery charge of £7.95 plus vat (excluding Highlands and Islands). Medium trees of a height of 1.5-2 metres have a delivery charge of £9.95 plus vat (excluding Highlands and Islands). Orders for multiple trees have a single delivery cost of £12.95 plus vat (excluding Highlands and Islands).

Mature trees and pleached trees are more expensive to deliver. Cost varies by postcode and is calculated in the check out process. You can buy more than one tree for the same delivery cost, so if you are purchasing a good number of trees it works out to be economical.

Highlands and Islands charges start from £29.95 plus vat and are calculated in the check out process.

Northern Ireland, Channel Islands and Overseas Destinations

Our courier charges are not viable for just one or two trees, but if you have a larger requirement then please do speak to us and we'll see if we can find a solution.

Planting Advice for Malus Hupehensis trees

When planting Crab Apple trees, such as the Tea Crab Apple, it is important to prepare the planting area well. Pot grown Malus trees can be planted at any time of the year. You will need to carry out the following to prepare your planting site.

Firstly, remove all weeds and grass within a metre of your desired planting hole then dig a hole as deep as your root mass and approximately 2-3x as wide. We recommend digging a square hole as this encourages the roots to grow straight as opposed to around inside the hole. To help your tree establish more effectively, we advise applying root grow (sprinkle in the hole for pot grown trees), especially if you have poor soil. Gently loosen the roots and place into the planting hole.

Using 50% of the original soil and 50% compost, fill in the hole and firm around gently. Make sure not to bank the soil up around the collar of the tree as this can cause problems. To see how to use a tree stake and tie, watch our informational how to videos.

Aftercare Advice for Tea Crab Apple trees

If you’re planting in dry weather, water well and regularly for the first few months. The same goes for spring and summer planting. Make sure to keep an eye on your young tree and increase watering if there are extended periods of warm or dry weather. If you’re planting in autumn, you may only need to water your tree a little. We also stock a range of irrigation kits, suitable for a variety of planting schemes.

Once planted, it is important to keep the area free of competing weeds and grass for the first couple of growing seasons. Using a glyphosate based weed killer or installing mulch matting and bark chips will aid in this. Do not simply mow the grass around the area as this will only encourage it to grow more vigorously. If you know your area is prone to rabbits, we would advise using a rabbit guard.

Pruning Advice for Malus Hupehensis trees

Chinese Crab Apple trees can be pruned in winter. They do not require hard pruning and you should not trim the tips of crab apple branches. Simply remove any dead or damaged branches and shoots at the base of the tree i.e. suckers and water sprouts which redirect energy resources from the main stem but do not produce strong branches.

Malus hupehensis Tree (Tea Crab Apple Trees) Description

  • Common name: Tea crab apple tree
  • Height and spread in 20 years: 5 x 4 metres
  • Seasons of interest: Spring, Autumn, Winter
  • Foliage: White spring blossom, followed by dark-green foliage, with crab apples appearing in autumn
  • Soil: Tolerant of all but prefers a moist, well-drained position