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Ornamental Crab Apple Trees for Spring Interest

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Crab apple trees remain one of our long-standing favourites around the nursery, with hundreds of varieties offering good ornamental value to any garden. They’re generally adaptable to site and soils (though prefer a moist, neutral to acid soil), highly tolerant of frost and live longer than ornamental cherries, with 50 year old trees still standing in fine health.

Malus always piques our long-term interest, with flowers from early May to late June (depending on the weather) and the potential for jellies and jams in the autumn. Alternatively, just leave the fruit to fall to entice native animals and birds into the garden.

English Woodlands are offering a selection of reliable, attractive trees, containerised in 175cm and 300-350cm sizes. At the top of our list is May’s ‘Plant of the Month’, Malus ‘Sun Rival’. It’s a manageably small, semi-weeping / umbrella-shaped tree, with pink buds giving way to white flowers during mid to late spring, followed by glossy red fruits. It’s extremely resistant to disease, an added bonus for any of you seeking lower maintenance investments.

Spring may be a little delayed this year, but it’s already worth thinking about the winter ahead, in which case we strongly recommend Malus Evereste. A small, conical tree producing white flowers from red buds, though the apples are where Evereste really shines. Red-flushed orange fruit arrive during autumn, persisting well into winter. They’re especially resistant to apple scab, the flowers will serve as a good pollinator for your other apple trees. If apples are a large part of your garden, Malus Evereste is a great option.

You can find our entire crab apple collection among our Common trees, so be sure to take the time and browse through. In the next few days we’ll also be talking about a few more varieties for those of you interested in jams, jellies and bird feeding. As ever, contact us with any questions you might have and we’d be happy to help.

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