Crab Apple Trees
Crab Apple Trees (Malus) are valued as a spring flowering ornamental tree, and for the crab apple fruit that is used widely in jams and jellies as well as for apple cider.
Both white and pink flowering varieties are available. They make a useful spreading small shade tree and many have good autumn colour as well.
Crab apples are a tough tree that cope well with a range of conditions and once established require little care or pruning.
Dwarf crab apple cultivars that will reach a maximimum or around 3m are also available. For flowers (but not much fruit).
Malus floribunda or 'Showy Crabapple' is one of the best white flowering varieties (see picture right). Reaching around 5 - 6m depending on conditions.