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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
Deciduous - oval, 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)
Partial shade - tolerated but full sun preferred
Additional Features - Good to know - produces preserves and jelly with good flavour. An excellent pollinator for other apples.
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.
Hardiness - Fully hardy
Soil Conditions - Fertile moist well-drained soil - moderately fertile preferred
Tree Shape - Broadly conical
Wildlife - Bee friendly
Trees - Care Guide
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Fertilisers & Feeds - Vitax
Q4 Pelleted Fertiliser
A useful fertiliser suitable for use on a wide variety of plants. Q4 provides all the nutrients and trace elements essential for vigorous growth, abundant flowering and ripening of fruit.
3 options from £6.00
Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
Rootgrow mycorrhizal fungi
Recommended by the RHS. Contains Rootgrow™ mycorrhizal fungi. Suitable for all trees and shrubs (except rhododendrons, azaleas, heathers, cranberries and blueberries)
2 options from £6.00
Fertilisers & Feeds - Empathy
All-purpose Seaweed Stimulant
All-purpose organic concentrated seaweed feed that is a ready to use, derived from sustainable harvested kelp, that can be used on all outdoor and indoor plants, except acid loving plants. Perfect used in conjunction with Rootgrow™.
Vermin & Pest Control
Essential small tree protection from vermin and strimming. This pack includes 5 x 90cm canes and 5 x 90cm spiral guards. Includes instructions.
Slate Plant Labels
These wonderfully tactile natural slate plant labels are hand made in Cornwall and come with a chalk pen. Just stick them in your pot or border. Pack of 6.
Slate Tie-on Plant Labels
Hand made in Cornwall, these delightful natural slate labels are perfect for pots. Comes with chalk pen. Pack of 5