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Crab Apples - They'll make you turn to Jelly! In my first "proper" garden I asked an experienced plant enthusiast to recommend a good small ornamental tree. Her reply was given without hesitation - Malus ioensis plena. Malus is the Latin word for Apple. Whilst this particular Crab Apple is not noted for showy fruit, it more than makes up for it with the double pink blossom which smothers the tree in late spring.

The grey green foliage is most attractive when it emerges and turns to warm shades of yellow in autumn. But wait, it doesn't stop there, the Malus or Crab Apple family offers more than just beautiful blossom. Most have highly ornamental fruit that apears in autumn after the flowers and holds on the tree well into the winter or until picked for delicious Crab Apple Jelly. One of the top fruiting varieties is "Jack Humm" which has large bright crimson fruit flushed with a little yellow and orange. These fruits are seldom touched by birds so if you don't wish to process into Jelly they will add interest to the winter garden.


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Picture of Malus Crabapple Baccata Jackii
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Siberian Crabapple, upright semi spreading grower. Pink buds opening to large white flowers. Bears showy dark red-violet fruits by late summer persisting into midwinter. A prolonged chilling is needed in winter to initiate flowering the following spring. Deciduous

 

Colour: White
Habit: Oval rounded
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 6m x 4m

Malus Crabapple Baccata Jackii

Current Stock Height: 80/100 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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Picture of Malus Crabapple Ballerina
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This NZ hybrid is an outstanding flowering Crabapple producing clusters of red buds in September which quickly open to a mass of spectacularly large, frilly, fully double pink blossoms. These are followed by showy, large, apricot coloured Crab Apples. A vigorous and neat small tree. Deciduous.

 

Colour: Pink / Red
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2m

Malus Crabapple Ballerina

Current Stock Height: 179/210 cm  ? 

Container: pb28  ? 

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Picture of Malus Crabapple Charlottae H/W 1.5M
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Malus. Large lobed leaves rich Autumn toning. Fragrant semi double flowers resemble Japanese cherry in eary Summer. Crabapples are more tolerant of adverse soil conditions than other flowering trees and are long lived and hardy.

 

Colour: White / Pink
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 2m

Malus Crabapple Charlottae H/W 1.5M

Current Stock Height: 150/210 cm  ? 

Container: pb28  ? 

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Picture of Malus Crabapple Echtermeyer H/W 1.7m
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Weeping. A graceful, weeping tree with pendulous branches that are covered in masses of rose crimson flowers in spring followed by decorative reddish purple fruits. The emerging spring foliage has red tones before maturing to green. Plant in a sunny well drained spot. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.

 

Colour: Pink
Habit: Weeping
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 4m x 2m

Malus Crabapple Echtermeyer 1.7m

Current Stock Height: STD-170/HGT-190 cm  ? 

Container: pb28  ? 

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Picture of Malus Crabapple Floribunda
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An early blooming ornamental Crabapple with pendulous arching branches decorated with tight red buds. These open to beautiful white blossoms flushed with pink throughout September/October. The flowers are followed by small red and yellow fruits. Hardy and easy to grow. Deciduous. Est.10yr.growth.

 

Colour: Pink / Red
Habit: Arching
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2.5m

Malus Crabapple Floribunda

Current Stock Height: 165/180 cm  ? 

Container: pb28  ? 

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Malus Crabapple Floribunda

Current Stock Height: 220/240 cm  ? 

Container: pb28  ? 

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Malus hybrid. Pink buds open to pale pink blossom in spring. The blossom is followed by heavy crops of little golden-yellow apples that almost cover the branches in autumn-winter - highly ornamental. Upright pyramidal habit. Easy to grow in a well drained sunny spot. Deciduous.

 

Colour: White / Pink
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2.5m

Malus Crabapple Golden Hornet

Current Stock Height: 80/100 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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Picture of Malus Crabapple Gorgeous
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This NZ bred Crabapple is aptly named as it is absolutely gorgeous in spring when white to soft pink single blooms smother the branches. These are followed by masses of shiny bright crimson 'apples' that hold well on the tree through to autumn. Ideal for making delicious jelly. Deciduous.

 

Colour: White / Pink
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2.5m x 2m

Malus Crabapple Gorgeous

Current Stock Height: 120/150 cm  ? 

Container: pb28  ? 

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Picture of Malus Crabapple Ioensis Plena
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Bechtel Crab. This highly ornamental small tree is a firm favourite here at Wairere. Large, double, frilly pink, fragrant blossom decorates the tree in late spring. The summer foliage is a soft sage green and also very decorative. Plant in a sunny spot in well drained soil. Est.10yr.growth.

This Crab Apple does have fruit after flowering - it is small and light yellow and rarely produced in noticeable quantities. It's all about the blossom which is truly beautiful.

 

Colour: Pink
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 2m

Malus Crabapple Ioensis Plena

Current Stock Height: 70/90 cm  ? 

Container: pb12  ? 

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Picture of Malus Crabapple Ioensis Plena 1.2
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Bechtel Crab. This highly ornamental small tree is a firm favourite here at Wairere. Large, double, frilly pink, fragrant blossom decorates the tree in late spring. The summer foliage is a soft sage green and also very decorative. Plant in a sunny spot in well drained soil. Est.10yr.growth.

 

Colour: Pink
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 2m x 2m

Malus Crabapple Ioensis Plena 1.2

Current Stock Height: 120/180 cm  ? 

Container: pb18  ? 

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Picture of Malus Crabapple Jack Humm
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Jack Humm rhymes with yum because this is just a beautiful highly ornamental tree that you won't regret planting. The single white blossom in spring is followed by large shiny red 'apples' that stand out on the bare branches right through winter. Luckily birds seldom eat the fruit. Est.10yr.growth.

Good for making crabapple jelly

 

Colour: White
Habit: Upright
Est. Hgt/Wdth in 7/10 yrs: 3m x 2.5m

Malus Crabapple Jack Humm MM106

Current Stock Height: 150/175 cm  ? 

Container: pb28  ? 

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