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Jams, Jellies and Crab Apples

We’ve already discussed two varieties of Crab Apple, so if you’re interested in a couple more Ornamental Crab Apple Trees you can check them out just beyond the link. Crab apples, or Malus, are excellent species to invest in. They’re adaptable and tolerant, with long life spans and lengthy interest from Spring and Summer flowers to Autumn fruits. It’s the fruits we’re interested in today, however, and we’ve picked out three species which stand out based on this factor.

Golden Hornet is perhaps the most striking, with populous, bright yellow fruits offering a surprisingly dense splash of colour in the autumn and winter. IT’s manageable, hardy, and not too large for smaller gardens. We’d particularly recommend it if you enjoy local wildlife, blackbirds in particular are attracted to the fruits.

One of the main benefits of owning a fruit bearing tree is the ability to source your own meals and condiments. Crab apple jelly is simple enough to make, and you’ll see great results from Malus Pink Glow. It features large, white scented flowers in late May, followed by sizeable plum-like fruits in the autumn. It’s disease resistant for the hands-off gardener who doesn’t want to keep close watch on things, though you may also wish to consider Malus John Downie. This has long been one of the most popular choices among jam makers, though be warned the species is prone to disease. We’re happy to offer advice if you’re wondering whether the tree is right for you.

Any of these species will find a good home in your garden, though you shouldn’t overlook Evereste and Sun Rival, covered in our previous post. If you want to know anything more feel free to get in contact with us, and we’ll be happy to help.

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