Crab apple is a wild ancestor of the cultivated apple and its wood has long been associated with love and marriage. Its sweetly-scented, pink-white blossom appears in spring and its apples ripen in later summer to autumn. You can use crab apples to make jellies and jams.
Estimate full grown height: 7-9 metres, growing an estimated 30cm each year.
Purchase size and growth: These trees are cell-grown saplings, ranging from approximately 15cm-60cm in height. Cell grown trees can be planted all year round in most situations as long as they are given the correct care. Please be aware that depending upon the time of year you receive your sapling (particularly early spring) it may not look very perky upon arrival, please do not worry once it has been planted it should pick up quickly.
Value to wildlife: The flowers are a good source of early pollen and nectar for insects, particularly bees. Birds like the fieldfare, song thrush, blackbird and redwing enjoy the fruits. Mammals, like mice, voles and badgers, are also partial to the fruit as well.
Preferred soil type or environmental conditions: Prefers sun or semi-shade, will tolerate most soil types and dryness.
UK sourced and grown: Every sapling that we provide is UK sourced and grown to minimise the risk of importing and spreading tree pests and diseases. Seeds are collected and stored in the UK, and they are all coded and batched so that we can track each individual tree.
Learn more about this species on our crab apple profile.