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Crab apple

Spring flowers and autumn fruit

Clouds of flowers cover the branches of this charming small tree in spring as the new leaves appear. The leaves mature to dark purple and make a pleasing contrast to other plants in the summer garden. Small crab apple fruits mature in late summer and hang on the tree until winter. The flowers are loved by bees and the autumn fruits attract many birds - a great choice for a wildlife garden.

Where?

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.

How?

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.

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 April - April
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