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Crab Apple, John Downie

Malus John Downie

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  • Root Type/Plant Size

    Bare Root, 125-150cm (4-5ft)

Pre-order (Plants not dormant)
  • £23.95
  • Plant Types & Availability - More information

    Br = Bare Root Plant

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An erect deciduous tree which becomes wide spreading with age. 2-2.5cm (1 inch) pink budded single white flowers appear in profusion in May which attract pollinating insects. These are followed by large conical yellow crab apples which are flushed red. As these are so prolific the tree is a picture of colour in autumn especially as foliage turns yellow and orange. The fruit is considered to be one of the best for jelly and wine making and also provides good food for birds. It is self-fertile and is an excellent pollinator for fruiting apples due to its long flowering period.

TREE 6 x 4.6m (20 x 15ft) in 20 years, ultimate height 7.6 - 9m (25 - 30ft).

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Crab Apple, John Downie is available as:

Br = Bare Root Plant

Bare-Root Plants

Bare-root plants are sold without a pot/soil around the roots. This is a more cost effective and environmentally friendly way of growing plants. To ensure the best plant health we do not store our plants in cold storage, but they are left in our field or plant beds until they are ready for packing or collection.

Items marked Br are bare rooted plants grown from cuttings and are typically 1-2 years old.


Bare rooted plants are only available when the plants are dormant (typically from late November to March).

If a plant is currently out of stock because it is out of season (for example, bare rooted plants in summer) or we have sold out but we are expecting more to be available you can pre-order the plant. We only charge credit/debit cards when an order is despatched, not when an order is placed.

    • SKU
  • Native/Wildlife/Evergreen
    • Good for Wildlife/Bees
    • Native
    • Evergreen/Deciduous
  • Soil and position
    • Suitable for any normal soil and position, and
      Suitable for Chalky Soil
  • Plant Height and Growth
    • Approx. Ultimate Height
      9m (30ft)
    • Average Growth per Year
      30cm (1ft)
  • Root Type/Plant Size
    • Root Type/Plant Size
      Bare Root, 125-150cm (4-5ft)
    • Potted/Bare Root
      Bare Root