Crab Apple (Malus sylvestris)
The wild Crab Apple, Malus sylvestris, is a small tree of woods and hedges throughout Britain. It's oddly relatively scarce; mostly you will now find cultivated varieties of Crab Apples (many of which we sell, see under other top fruit) or "wilding" apple trees.
The Crab's extended flowering period, with very pretty blossom, is helpful for bees as much as it is for cross pollinating other apple trees, and its fruit, with high pectin levels, makes delicious Crab Apple jelly for us and good winter eating for the birds. Their leaves and fruit are eaten by a wide range of animals, including a terrifying sounding moth, the apple leaf skeletoniser. Crab Apples need fertile soil and sun as they are prone to pests and diseases.
Crab Apples were widely planted as hedge plants in the enclosure periods, and are usually seen as standard trees in hedges today.
Provenance certificates are available on request for Crab Apples, which are from the Southwest of England.
Suppliers: Perrie Hale Forest Nursery
50% of our profit on sales of Crab Apple trees is donated to The Tree Council
See our planting and size guide for details and tips on planting Crab Apples.
All these Crab Apple trees are bare root, and are consequently available for delivery from November until March. During the lifting season there may be up to two weeks delay between placing the order and dispatching (longer for standards), due to weather conditions or pressure of orders, which are dealt with in date sequence. Orders placed for Crab Apple trees between March and September are confirmed in October ready for dispatch from November.