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Malus Gorgeous

Crab Apple

Very free flowering

A stunning tree, with masses of pink-red buds in spring that open into single white-pink flowers. Dark green leaves during spring and summer and attractive glossy red fruit in the autumn. These can be used in cooking, especially crab apple jelly.


It grows well in containers or in an informal or cottage garden setting. For best results it enjoys full sun.


Plant in any free-draining soil which is moderately fertile and moist.

The fruits of Malus Gorgeous can be used in cooking.

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
Flowering March - May
Evergreen No
Plant height 310 cm - 400 cm
Plant width 230 cm - 300 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees No
Attracts butterflies No
Plant height in 5 years 120 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Chalk, Clay, Loam, Light sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained
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 Cottage garden, Informal garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Fruiting June - August

Typically available

From February to September