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John Downie

  • John Downie crab apple
  • John Downie crab apple blossom
  • Fruit colour: Orange / Red

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 crab-apple trees for sale

  • 1.1-year maiden bare-root tree 24.95
    Semi-vigorous rootstock
    Large size (3m-4m after 10 years)


How to grow

John Downie easy to grow, but somewhat prone to apple scab - although this does not affect the cooking quality of the fruit.



History

John Downie is believed to be named after a Scottish nurseryman.



John Downie characteristics

  • Using

    • Picking season:Late
    • Cropping:Good
    • Food uses:Culinary
  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Average
    • Self-fertility:Self-fertile
    • Flowering group:4
    • Pollinating others:Good
    • Ploidy:Diploid
    • Bearing regularity:Regular
    • Fruit bearing:Spur-bearer
  • Problems

    • Disease resistance:Poor
  • Climate

    • Summer average maximum temperatures:Cool ( 20C - 24C / 68F - 75F), Warm (25C - 30C / 76F - 85F), Cold (< 20C / 67F)
  • Identification

    • Country of origin:United Kingdom
    • Period of origin:1850 - 1899
    • Fruit colour:Orange / Red