Malus 'John Downie'
- Position: full sun or partial shade
- Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Flowering period: May
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Pollination Group: A B C and D - it is 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 edible being 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, its suitable for most small, urban gardens.
- 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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Q:I'd like to plant a row of small, pleached crabapples which also have a good fruit crop for jams. Could you recommend a variety and which size of tree I should get to train them? Thanks for your help.Asked on 1/4/2013 by newtogardening from Brussels
Malus 'Pink Glow' is said to produce some of the best fruits for jams and jellies - please click on the following link to go straight to it.
If you want to get a really good shape for pleached trees, then ideally you should try to source ones that have already been trained as the ones we sell is quite bushy and already around 150 - 180cm tall.Answered on 2/4/2013 by Helen from Crocus
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