Crab apple trees

Crab apples produce a mass of spring blossom, followed by attractive ornamental fruits which can also be used for cooking. We can advise on the best crab apple trees to suit your garden.
Malus Butterball crab-apple tree

Butterball has bright white blossom and attractive butter-yellow fruits. compare
Malus Directeur Moerlands Profusion Improved crab-apple tree

Malus Profusion is a notably compact crab apple variety, with dense clusters of deep pink blossom. compare
Malus Evereste crab-apple tree

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Evereste is one of the most well-known crab-apples, featuring white blossom and red-yellow fruits. compare
Malus Golden Gem crab-apple tree

Golden Gem has bright white blossom followed by yellow crab apples. compare
Malus Golden Hornet crab-apple tree
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Malus Golden Hornet is a traditional white blossom crab apple, with persistent yellow fruits. compare
Malus Jelly King crab-apple tree

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A compact crab apple, with unusually large persistent fruits - excellent for crab apple jelly. compare
Malus John Downie crab-apple tree

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John Downie is a good crabapple for making crab apple jelly. White blossom and orange-red fruits. compare
Malus Laura crab-apple tree

A dwarf upright crab apple with bronze leaves and crimson blossom. compare
Malus Pink Glow crab-apple tree

Pink Glow (also known as Malus Dolgo), has early-season white flowers and dark pink crab-apples. compare
Malus Red Sentinel crab-apple tree

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Malus Red Sentinel has white blossom and small scarlet persistent fruits. compare
Malus Royalty crab-apple tree

Malus Royalty is an ornamental crab apple with green-bronze leaves and dark red blossom. compare

More about Crab apple trees

Crab apples (Ornamental malus) are very closely related to apples, being part of the same genus Malus. The only difference between an apple and a crabapple is the size of the fruit, and it is usually considered that any apple variety with a fruit size of less than 2" is a crabapple.

Crab apple trees are grown primarily for their ornamental value. This starts in spring with a profusion of attractive blossom, which is often scented. The brightly coloured ornamental fruits hang attractively on the tree throughout autumn, providing colour in the garden and a source of food for birds. Some varieties also have attractive bronze leaves.

Most crab apples are edible - although rather unpalatable for eating fresh. However many varieties are valuable for cooking - crab apples contain large amounts of pectin, and are useful in the kitchen for making fruit jellies. Several varieties are also useful for cider blends.

The prolific blossom also makes most crab apples excellent pollinators for all other apple and cider-apple varieties - they typically produce five to ten times more pollen than a typical apple tree. The blossom is also usually more long-lasting than that of normal apples, and spans several of the mainstream apple flowering groups. Crab apples are naturally precocious and will often start producing blossom and fruit in their 2nd or 3rd years.