Feeling grouchy and ill-tempered then perhaps you should plant a crab apple and that way you won’t feel crabby much longer.
Key Facts about Crab Apples.
- Common apples and crab apples are related. They are both members of the malus genus.
- They are grown for their lavish display of spring blossom.
- After the blossom a copious amount of small fruit are generally produced suitable for jelly or jam making.
- The right variety can make an ideal specimen tree for a small or medium sized garden.
- Original European crab apples have short spines and can be found growing wild in hedgerows.
- Horticulturally they are often used in orchards inter-planted with apples to assist pollination. They themselves are self fertile.
- Fruit may be red, green or yellow.
- Plant new trees grafted on to semi-dwarfing stock during winter.
RHS Award of Garden Merit (AGM) are designed to helps you choose the best crab apples to grow and include Butterball producing butter coloured fruit. Jelly King has large fruit and guess what they can be used for. Laura is a registered variety that is naturally dwarf yet a good all rounder. Red Sentinel and Sun Rival have upright and weeping shapes respectively. Other awarded crabs include Evereste, Comtesse de Paris, Admiration, Cardinal, Malus transitoria, Scarlett and the Japanese Crab Malus floribunda.