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Malus John Downie -Crab apple Tree

  • Catalogue Code 1150-1180
  • Pack Contents: 1x Bare Root Tree

Excellent ornamental crab apples  

Malus John Downie is one of the best known of the crab apple trees. The trees burst into bloom in May and each branch is smothered with masses of white flowers that open from pink buds. Its distinctive red and yellow egg-shaped fruits are rich in pectin and they are excellent for making crab apple jellies.  The fruits are borne in large numbers so there will be more than enough for the birds too!  This fast growing crab apple tree is attractive all year, it has superb orange and gold autumn colour before the leaves fall.

Crab apple trees belong to the malus family, and because of its long flowering period Malus John Downie is one of the best pollinators for domestic apple trees (Malus domestica). 

Malus John Downie is tolerant of pollution and happy in most soil types including clay.

Crab apple trees will thrive in city gardens; just plant the trees in a sunny position to encourage the best display of blossom.


Unpack bare root trees immediately and plant as soon as possible after delivery.

Do not let the roots dry out!

 If it is not possible to plant because soil is waterlogged or frozen keep the trees somewhere frost free and airy. Keep the roots just moist by storing them in damp compost or if outside conditions allow, heel the trees in to a patch of bare ground until you’re ready to plant them into their permanent positions.

Your bare root trees will be delivered at the right time for planting. Normally between autumn and early spring, depending on weather conditions.

All our ornamental trees are delivered with a GROWING GUIDE that gives full planting and care instructions.

Height 4-8m


  • Attracts Bees
  • Will flower well in full sun

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It is a young tree so think it has a good chance of settling in and growing - look forward to seeing it in flower!

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We despatch our fresh, nursery-grown live plants (including vegetables, trees and flowers) when they are at a stage of growth ready for you, the customer, to plant on at home.

The delivery period shown on your order confirmation indicates when you can expect to receive your order and we will endeavour to despatch your plants in this period within 7-14 days