Malus × floribunda

10 lt pot (1.5-1.8m) £79.99
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Buy Malus × floribunda Japanese crab apple: Abundant pink blossom in spring and small yellow fruits

This tree is deciduous so it will lose all its leaves in autumn, then fresh new foliage appears again each spring.

  • Position: full sun or partial shade
  • Soil: fertile, well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: average
  • Flowering period: April and May
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    Glorious, pale pink flowers open from red buds in mid and late spring, smothering the tree in a foam of blossom and concealing the small, bright green leaves. The small pea-like, golden-yellow fruit often persist into winter. This Japanese crab apple is dense and spreading in habit and makes a lovely ornamental tree for a sunny, urban site. The long-lasting fruit provide a valuable source of winter food for wildlife.

  • Garden care: When planting incorporate lots of well-rotted garden compost in the planting hole and stake firmly. Removed dead, diseased and crossing branches while the tree is dormant.

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I would like a small tree to give some privacy from neighbours. Could I prune the top of this to stop it getting taller once it reaches the height I want, say 2.5 meters or will that damage it? Or could I restrict its height by growing in large pot instead of ground?

little garden

Hello, I would not advise keeping this cut back so hard, so a better option would be to choose something smaller, that would not need to be kept in check. Here are a couple of suggestions. Cercis chinensis 'Avondale' http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/cercis-chinensis-avondale/classid.2000019575/ Acer palmatum (Dissectum Group) 'Inaba-shidare' http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/acer-palmatum-dissectum-group-inaba-shidare/classid.95/

Helen

Which malus (crab apple tree) would you recommend for our small south- east facing garden? Our soil is good, but with some clay lumps. The garden is very small; about 16m x 8m. We are keen to add some height, interest for wildlife, variety of season and opportunity for fruit.

BronnieBee

Helo there The smallest crab apple trees we do are Malus 'Rosehip', which an grow to approx 6m x 5m eventually but is a good small garden specimen, or Malus 'Pink Glow' which also can grow to approx 6m x 5m. I have attached the links below. We will also be having a small weeping crab apple available from this summer 2014 Malus 'Louisa' which will smaller growing to 4m x 4m eventually. http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/malus-rosehip/classid.2000018131/ http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/malus-pink-glow/classid.2000018130/ http://www.crocus.co.uk/plants/_/malus-louisa/classid.2000018129/ All these trees are suitable for clay soil. Hope this helps

What can I use as a centrepiece in my bed? I'm looking for a small ornamental tree or shrub for a centrepiece, ideally with with flowers or pretty foliage. Can you give me any ideas??

David Poulter

There are some wonderful plants that would be suitable - here are some of my favourites. Prunus Amanogawa http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4640&CategoryID=7 Arbutus unedo http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=78419&CategoryID=7 Malus floribunda http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4584&CategoryID= Malus x robusta 'Red Sentinel' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4594&CategoryID= Prunus x subhirtella 'Autumnalis Rosea' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4651&CategoryID= Prunus 'Kiku-shidare-zakura' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4643&CategoryID= Betula pendula 'Youngii' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=358&CategoryID= Sorbus cashmiriana http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=4726&CategoryID= Amelanchier lamarckii http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=257&CategoryID= Acer pseudoplatanus 'Brilliantissimum' http://www.crocus.co.uk/findplant/results/?ContentType=Plant_Card&ClassID=138&CategoryID= Useful articles: http://www.crocus.co.uk/plantdoctor/trees/ http://www.crocus.co.uk/feature/plantingtrees/

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