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Malus Indian Magic

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Crab apple

Beautiful flowers in spring and colourful fruit in autumn

Show stopping in spring when clouds of dusky pink flowers appear with the new bronze-green leaves. A lovely small tree with upright branches that makes a great feature in a border or at the end of a path. Small red berries follow the flowers and stay on the tree through autumn. 

Where?

Happiest in a sunny spot where the blossom will not be harmed by strong winds and most soils as long as they are not too wet. 

How?

Dig a hole that is at least twice the size of the existing container and add well rotted manure to the soil. Don't forget to stake your tree until it has established.  

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 250 cm - 400 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, Sand, Loam
Light exposure Full sun, Part shade
Soil drainage Well drained, Moist
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, Patio container, City garden

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Fruiting September - November

Typically available

From February to September