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Malus × robusta Dolgo

Crab Apple

Produces colourful flowers in spring, decorative fruit in late summer and autumn foliage colour

A graceful small tree which will light up your garden in spring when clouds of colourful flowers are seen crowded on the branches. Definitely a tree for all seasons, with fresh green leaves through the growing season which change colour in autumn before falling. Wax-like fruits mature in autumn and hang on the bare branches until winter - a great source of food for many birds and small mammals.


A beautiful tree to plant as a specimen in a lawn or as a focal point at the end of a path. Happiest in full sun and soil which is not too dry.


Add well rotted manure or garden compost to the soil before planting and stake the tree whilst it is young to help the roots establish. 

The fruits also make very good Crab Apple jelly and have a high pectin content.

Plant details

In depth plant information

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Plant type Ornamental tree
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available February - September
Season of interest Spring, Autumn
Flowering May - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 400 cm - 500 cm
Plant width 500 cm - 600 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 300 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H6

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Medium
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Position the stake in the hole, on the side of the prevailing wind and drive it into the soil, to a depth of 60cm. The stake should be a third of the height of the tree, when planted. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole close to the stake, with the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Use two tree ties to secure the stem to the stake. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year. Check ties regularly and adjust them as the tree grows.

Planting site Patio container, Cottage garden, Informal garden, City garden, Courtyard garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Fruiting September - November

Typically available

From February to September