Known as ‘The Jewels of the Landscape’, crabapple trees provide four seasons of colour, with some of the garden’s most beautiful blossoms in spring, autumn reds and golds, and bright red or yellow fruits in summer which last until Christmas (if you don’t pick them to make crabapple jelly or cider.) Naturally compact, they’re the perfect choice for a smaller garden - the birds, bees and butterflies certainly think so! We recommend buying bare root crabapple trees and planting in winter. As well as being great value, bare root trees establish quickly and are easy to care for when newly planted. Read on for your guide to choosing and caring for crabapple trees.
Choose your Crabapple Trees
Our Crabapple collection includes four RHS Award of Garden Merit winners, including Evereste (large white flowers and red berries) and Sun Rival, a weeping variety. John Downie is our choice for blossom, being covered in clusters of white flowers each Spring, while the Japanese Crabapple has fragrant pink blossoms and dark red fruits. Compact Jelly King may be the smallest variety, but is also the best for jam and jelly, and will yield larger harvests each year
Where to grow your Crabapple Trees
Crabapple trees will grow happily in any moist, well-drained soil. They thrive in positions with full sun or partial shade, but the sunnier the spot, the more fruit will ripen. These colourful varieties look great as specimen trees or in avenues, and all are suitable for even small gardens, as they can grow to an average mature height of 3-4 m and can be pruned to fit any space.
Crabapple Tree Care Tips
Crabapple trees are full hardy and very easy to care for. They create a well-branched shape naturally, so little or no pruning is necessary. You will need to water your Crabapple trees for a couple of months when newly planted, but once established, they are drought-resistant. For more tips and advice for successful Crabapple tree growing, see our Full Care Guide.
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