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MALUS 'John Downie'

Commonly known as Apple, Crab apple

The best fruiting crab apple with white flowers and bright orange fruit
Further Reading....
  • Deciduous
    bright-green leaves to 10cm (4in) long.
  • White
    White flowers from pink buds.
  • Height
    10m (33ft)
  • Spread
    6m (20ft)
  • Fruit
    Plants which produce an edible or ornamental fruit
    Ovoid, orange and red fruit to 3cm (1¼in) long.
  • Tree
    Narrow, upright tree.
  • Zero Rated Item
    No VAT on this plant
  • Hardy - very cold winter
    Hardy in all of UK and northern Europe. Plant can possibly withstand temperatures down to -20°C (-4°F)
  • Full sun
  • Partial shade
    Tolerated but full sun preferred

MALUS 'John Downie'

Estimated availability autumn 2022 - Not yet confirmed. Could be any time between September and December.
H/Std £60.00 each 
Delivery Information Estimated availability autumn 2022
plant size comparison icon 10 to 15 Litre


  • Additional Features
    Good to know
    Produces preserves and jelly with good flavour. An excellent pollinator for other apples. Wildlife plant - birds, bees and other insects
    Pests & Diseases
    Aphids, red spider mite, caterpillars, apple scab, honey fungus, canker, mildew
    Place of origin
    Thomas Blaikie's nursery which is now the site of Edinburgh Zoo, Corstorphine Hill.
  • Flower Shape
    Shallowly cup-shaped
    Row of petals round conspicuous stamens - no more than 8 petals
  • Hardiness
    Fully hardy
  • Leaf margin
    (see photos above)
  • Leaf shape
    (see photos above)
  • Pruning group
    Pruning group 1
    Suitable for: Deciduous and evergreen trees, and some deciduous shrubs.
    Pruning: Minimal pruning required. Prune wayward or crossing branches to maintain a healthy framework.
    When: When dormant in the late winter/early spring. Some in the summer/autumn to prevent bleeding of sap.

    RHS group 1
  • Seasonal Interest
  • Soil Conditions
    Fertile moist well-drained soil
    Moderately fertile preferred
  • Tree Shape
    Broadly conical
  • Wildlife
    Bee friendly
    Bird friendly
10m (33ft)
tree - guide for size not form Average Person
  6m (20ft)

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