John Downie is one of the most popular crab-apples in the UK, featuring traditional white blossom and very attractive bright orange-red fruitlets, with a distinctive upside-down pear shape.
It is perhaps the definitive variety for making crab apple jelly, which will usually be a pale pink colour.
It grows with a more upright habit than most other crab-apple varieties, and will fit in a relatively small space.
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John Downie easy to grow, but somewhat prone to apple scab - although this does not affect the cooking quality of the fruit.
John Downie is believed to be named after a Scottish nurseryman.