Crab apple

Malus 'John Downie'

Crab apple - Malus  'John Downie'

Common Name: Crab apple
Genus: Malus
Cultivar: 'John Downie'

Category: Trees
Growth Rate: Fast growing
Features: Edible fruit, Has interesting/colourful ornamental fruit, Has colourful autumn foliage

Hardiness: HardyHeight: 8.00 m (800 cm)
Sun/Shade: Full sun or Partial shadeSpread: 6.00 m (600 cm)

Foliage Type: DeciduousFlower Colour: White
Foliage Colour: Bronze, Green, YellowFlowering Period: May

Soil Type: Normal/Loam
Soil Moisture: Moist, but well drained


  • Pollination Group A B C and D: a good pollinator for all apples

    Masses of cup-shaped white flowers open from pale pink buds in May followed by large oval orange and scarlet fruit which are both highly ornamental and valuable for making preserves. This vigorous crab apple flowers and fruits best in full sun and the foliage turns wonderful shades of yellow and burnt orange in autumn. Upright, becoming conical with age it makes a glorious specimen tree for a small urban garden.
  • Garden care: When planting, incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly. Remove dead, diseased and crossing branches while the tree is dormant.

  • Pollination Information: This apple has a very long flowering period so belongs to all the pollination groups and therefore is ideal for using as a pollinating partner to all other apples.

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