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Crab-apple trees

Crab-apple trees are one of our specialities - we have one of the widest selections of crab-apple trees available in the UK.

  • Admiration

    Admiration crab-apple trees
    Best seller
    Malus Admiration is one of the best crab-apples for small gardens, with clouds of white blossom followed by persistent fruitlets.
    £36.75 - £61.00buy
    • Flower colour: Pink - light
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Red
    • Awards: RHS AGM (current)
    Malus halliana
  • Aros®

    Aros crab-apple trees
    A small slow-growing upright crab-apple, with bronze-green leaves, beautiful dark pink flowers with white centres, and maroon fruits in the autumn.
    £37.95 - £62.00buy
    • Flower colour: Pink - dark
    • Leaf colour: Bronze
    • Fruit colour: Red - dark
    • Awards: RHS AGM (former)
    Malus toringo
  • Belmonte

    Best seller
    An improved form of the traditional Japanese crab-apple species, with white blossom and superb autumn leaf colours.
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Green / Red
    Malus tschonoskii
  • Butterball

    Butterball crab-apple trees
    Best seller
    Malus Butterball is named for its bright yellow fruits, which are also good for crab apple jelly.
    £36.75 - £61.00buy
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Yellow
    • Awards: RHS AGM (current)
    Malus
  • Candymint

    Candymint crab-apple trees
    A pretty and graceful spreading tree with a mass of pink / white flowers, and small red fruits.
    £44.00 - £72.00buy
    • Flower colour: Pink - light
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Red - dark
    Malus sargentii
  • Cardinal

    Cardinal crab-apple trees
    Also known as Princeton Cardinal, a bronze-leaved crab-apple with pink-red spring blossom and red fruitlets in the autumn.
    £36.75 - £61.00buy
    • Flower colour: Pink - dark
    • Leaf colour: Bronze
    • Fruit colour: Red - dark
    • Awards: RHS AGM (current)
    Malus hupehensis
  • Cinderella®

    A naturally dwarf bushy-crab-apple. White blossom followed by tiny golden spherical fruitlets, and yellow autumn leaf colours.
    £72.00buy
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Gold
    Malus
  • Comtesse de Paris

    Comtesse de Paris crab-apple trees
    Best seller
    Comtesse de Paris can be considered as an improved Golden Hornet. It features the same white blossom and persistent yellow fruitlets, but grows with a better form.
    £36.75 - £61.00buy
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Yellow
    • Awards: RHS AGM (current)
    Malus
  • Coralburst®

    Coralburst crab-apple trees
    Malus Coralburst is a naturally compact crab-apple with a superb blossom display and small persistent yellow-orange fruitlets.
    £72.00buy
    • Flower colour: Pink - dark
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Bronze
    Malus
  • Crimson Cascade

    Crimson Cascade crab-apple trees
    A new weeping crab-apple with dusky pink blossom and small dark red fruitlets.
    £44.00 - £72.00buy
    • Flower colour: Crimson
    • Leaf colour: Bronze
    • Fruit colour: Red - dark
    Malus x purpurea
  • Donald Wyman

    Donald Wyman crab-apple trees
    Donald Wyman is a classic white-flowered crab-apple, with very small red fruits, which persist into mid-winter.
    £36.75buy
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Red
    Malus
  • Elk River

    Elk River features large fragrant pink single flowers followed by small bright green crab-apples.
    £36.75 - £72.00buy
    • Flower colour: Pink - light
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Green
    Malus coronaria
  • Evereste

    Evereste crab-apple trees
    Best seller
    Malus Evereste is a popular traditional crab-apple with masses of white blossom, then red-yellow fruits.
    £36.75 - £61.00buy
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
    • Awards: RHS AGM (current)
    Malus
  • Fimbriata

    Fimbriata crab-apple trees
    Malus Fimbriata is notable for its double-flowered blossom, very unusual in a crab-apple.
    £65.50buy
    • Flower colour: Pink - light
    • Leaf colour: Green
    Malus ioensis
  • Golden Gem

    Golden Gem crab-apple trees
    A traditional crab-apple featuring a mass of white blossom in spring, followed by yellow crab apples.
    £36.75 - £61.00buy
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Yellow
    Malus
  • Golden Glory

    A new British late-flowering crab-apple, with white blossom, russeted fruits, and strong autumn colours.
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Russet
    Malus yunnanensis
  • Golden Hornet

    Golden Hornet crab-apple trees
    Malus Golden Hornet has pink / white blossom then small yellow crab apples which hang on late in the year.
    £36.75 - £61.00buy
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Yellow
    • Awards: RHS AGM (former)
    Malus x zumi
  • Gorgeous

    Gorgeous crab-apple trees
    Malus Gorgeous has pink/white blossom and spherical cherry-like red fruits which are good for jelly.
    £36.75 - £61.00buy
    • Flower colour: Pink - light
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Red
    Malus
  • Guardsman

    Guardsman crab-apple trees
    A very upright columnar species of crab-apple, with white flowers and small green fruitlets.
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Green
    Malus trilobata
  • HalloweenTM

    Halloween crab-apple trees
    Best seller
    Malus Halloween is named for its ribbed orange-yellow crab-apples, which resemble little pumpkins.
    £44.00 - £62.00buy
    • Flower colour: White
    • Fruit colour: Yellow / Orange
    Malus
  • Harry Baker

    Harry Baker crab-apple trees
    Malus Harry Baker is a popular crab-apple with deep pink flowers and dark red fruits which are very good for crab-apple jelly.
    £36.75 - £61.00buy
    • Flower colour: Crimson
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Red
    Malus
  • Indian Magic

    Indian Magic crab-apple trees
    An excellent all-round crab apple, with attractive bronze leaves, dusky pink blossom, and small persistent red fruits.
    £36.75 - £61.00buy
    • Flower colour: Pink
    • Leaf colour: Bronze
    • Fruit colour: Red
    Malus
  • Jelly King®

    Jelly King crab-apple trees
    Best seller
    White blossom followed by large orange-red fruits which are ideal for making crab-apple jelly.
    £36.75 - £61.00buy
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
    • Awards: RHS AGM (current)
    Malus
  • John Downie

    John Downie crab-apple trees
    John Downie is a traditional crab-apple, with white blossom and orange-red fruits, ideal for making crab apple jelly.
    £36.75 - £61.00buy
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
    • Awards: RHS AGM (former)
    Malus
  • Laura

    Laura crab-apple trees
    Best seller
    Malus Laura is a very upright dwarf crab-apple, with bronze leaves, crimson blossom and maroon fruitlets.
    £36.75 - £62.00buy
    • Flower colour: Crimson
    • Leaf colour: Bronze
    • Awards: RHS AGM (current)
    Malus
  • Louisa

    Louisa crab-apple trees
    Malus Louisa is a pretty weeping crab apple with light pink blossom and small yellow fruitlets.
    £44.00 - £72.00buy
    • Flower colour: Pink - light
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Orange
    Malus
  • Malus baccata

    Malus baccata crab-apple trees
    The Siberian crab-apple, noted for its exceptional cold-hardiness, disease-resistance, attractive blossom and clusters of cherry-like fruitlets in autumn,
    £44.00buy
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
    Malus baccata
  • Malus florentina

    Best seller
    Malus florentina is an unusual crab-apple with white blossom, tiny fruitlets, and serrated leaves which take on good autumn colours.
    £44.00 - £72.00buy
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Green / Red
    Malus florentina
  • Malus floribunda

    Malus floribunda crab-apple trees
    Malus floribunda is also known as the Japanese Crab. Pink / white blossom then red / yellow fruits.
    £44.00 - £72.00buy
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Yellow / Red
    • Awards: RHS AGM (current)
    Malus floribunda
  • Malus hupehensis

    Malus hupehensis crab-apple trees
    A traditional garden crab-apple from China, with white blossom and small red-tinged fruitlets, a good choice as a specimen tree.
    £44.00 - £72.00buy
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Green / Red
    • Awards: RHS AGM (current)
    Malus hupehensis
  • Malus sylvestris

    Malus sylvestris crab-apple trees
    Malus sylvestris is the native wild crab apple, easy to grow and ideal for native planting schemes.
    Malus sylvestris
  • Malus transitoria

    Malus transitoria crab-apple trees
    Malus transitoria is known as the Cut-leaf crab-apple, has a mass of small white flowers, and clusters of tiny yellow fruitlets.
    £61.00buy
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Yellow
    • Awards: RHS AGM (current)
    Malus transitoria
  • Malus tschonoskii

    Best seller
    A traditional Japanese crab-apple species, with white blossom and superb autumn leaf colours.
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Green / Red
    Malus tschonoskii
  • Niedzwetzkyana

    Niedzwetzkyana crab-apple trees
    Niedzwetzkyana is a unique red-fleshed, red-skinned, red blossom crab-apple, originating from central Asia.
    • Flower colour: Red - dark
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Red - dark
    Malus domestica
  • NUVAR® Marble

    NUVAR® Marble crab-apple trees
    A modern English crab-apple, with large fruits, ideal for early-season crab-apple jelly.
    £55.00 - £61.00buy
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
    Malus
  • Pink Glow

    Pink Glow crab-apple trees
    Malus Dolgo, also known as Pink Glow, offers early-season white flowers and very attractive dark pink fruits. It is exceptionally cold-hardy.
    £36.75 - £61.00buy
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    Malus baccata
  • Pink Perfection

    Pink Perfection crab-apple trees
    Malus Pink Perfection is a superb crab-apple with double pink scented flowers.
    £44.00 - £72.00buy
    • Flower colour: Pink
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Yellow / Orange
    Malus
  • Prairie Fire®

    Prairie Fire crab-apple trees
    Best seller
    Malus Prairie Fire is a medium-size upright crab-apple tree, notable for its dark pink flowers.
    £44.00 - £72.00buy
    • Flower colour: Pink - dark
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Red
    Malus
  • Professor Sprenger

    Professor Sprenger crab-apple trees
    A well-proportioned crab-apple with profuse white blossom, and golden-orange fruitlets in autumn.
    £52.95 - £72.00buy
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Orange
    Malus x zumi
  • Profusion

    Profusion crab-apple trees
    Malus Profusion (also known as Directeur Moerlands) is a classic crab apple variety, with dense clusters of deep pink blossom followed by small crimson berry-like fruitlets.
    £36.75 - £61.00buy
    • Flower colour: Crimson
    • Leaf colour: Bronze
    • Fruit colour: Red - dark
    Malus x moerlandsii
  • Purpurea Evelyn

    Purpurea Evelyn crab-apple trees
    Malus Purpurea Evelyn is a purple-leaved form of the Prairie crab.
    £72.00buy
    • Flower colour: Pink - dark
    • Leaf colour: Dark purple
    • Fruit colour: Green / Yellow
    Malus ioensis
  • Red Obelisk

    Red Obelisk crab-apple trees
    Malus Red Obelisk is a compact upright crab-apple with white flowers, purple / green leaves, and red fruits.
    £37.95 - £61.00buy
    • Flower colour: White
    • Flower colour: Pink - light
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Red
    Malus
  • Red Sentinel

    Red Sentinel crab-apple trees
    Best seller
    A deservedly popular crab-apple, Malus Red Sentinel has classic white apple blossom and a profusion of tiny scarlet persistent fruits.
    £36.75 - £61.00buy
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Red
    • Awards: RHS AGM (current)
    • Awards: RHS AM
    Malus x robusta
  • Roberts Crab

    Roberts Crab crab-apple trees
    An unusual red-fleshed crab-apple which has large purple fruits. The juice is a claret red colour.
    £36.75 - £61.00buy
    • Flower colour: Pink - dark
    • Leaf colour: Bronze
    • Fruit colour: Purple
    Malus domestica
  • Rosehip

    Rosehip crab-apple trees
    Malus Rosehip features white blossom and large rosehip-shaped red fruits.
    £36.75 - £61.00buy
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
    Malus
  • Royal Beauty

    Royal Beauty crab-apple trees
    Royal Beauty is a compact weeping crab apple with crimson blossom and small crimson berry-like fruitlets.
    £44.00 - £72.00buy
    • Flower colour: Crimson
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Red - dark
    • Awards: RHS AGM (former)
    Malus
  • Royalty

    Royalty crab-apple trees
    Malus Royalty has bright purple-red blossom, dark green-bronze leaves, and dark red fruitlets.
    £44.00 - £72.00buy
    • Flower colour: Red - dark
    • Leaf colour: Bronze
    • Fruit colour: Red - dark
    Malus domestica
  • Rudolph

    Rudolph crab-apple trees
    Malus Rudoph features very large single deep pink flowers, and small orange fruits.
    £44.00 - £72.00buy
    • Flower colour: Pink
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Orange
    • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
    • Fruit colour: Yellow / Orange
    Malus
  • Scarlet Brandywine®

    Scarlet Brandywine crab-apple trees
    A new crab-apple featuring stunning pink scented double-flowers and good autumn colour.
    £44.00 - £72.00buy
    • Flower colour: Pink
    • Flower colour: Pink - dark
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Orange
    Malus x purpurea x ioensis
  • Scarlett

    Scarlett crab-apple trees
    Malus toringo Scarlett is an ornamental crab apple with bronze leaves, dusky pink blossom, and dark red fruitlets.
    £36.95 - £61.00buy
    • Flower colour: Pink
    • Leaf colour: Bronze
    • Fruit colour: Purple
    • Awards: RHS AGM (current)
    Malus toringo
  • Snowcloud

    Snowcloud crab-apple trees
    Snowcloud is named for its profusion of large white semi-double flowers.
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Yellow
    Malus
  • Sun Rival

    Sun Rival crab-apple trees
    Malus Sun Rival is a popular weeping crab-apple, with pale pink blossom and small red berry-like fruitlets.
    £36.75 - £61.00buy
    • Flower colour: Pink - light
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Red
    • Awards: RHS AGM (current)
    Malus
  • Thornhayes Tansy

    A form of the Cut-leaf crab-apple, with particularly dissected leaves.
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Yellow
    Malus transitoria
  • Tina

    Tina crab-apple trees
    Malus Tina is a small spreading crab-apple, useful as a patio tree.
    £61.00buy
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Red
    Malus sargentii
  • Wedding Bouquet

    Wedding Bouquet crab-apple trees
    Malus Wedding Bouquet features ivory-white blossom and tiny red berry-like fruitlets.
    £44.00 - £72.00buy
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Red - dark
    • Awards: RHS AGM (current)
    Malus brevipes
  • White Star

    White Star crab-apple trees
    A modern English crab-apple with white star-like flowers followed by attractive russeted fruitlets.
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Fruit colour: Russet
    • Fruit colour: Yellow / Orange
    Malus


How to choose Crab-apple trees

Crab-apple trees belong to the genus Malus, and are therefore closely related to the mainstream apple (Malus domestica). They are grown primarily for their attractive blossom, and for the ornamental appeal of their pretty fruitlets in the autumn.

The fruitlets of many varieties are valuable in the kitchen for making crab-apple jelly. Several varieties retain their fruitlets into early winter (known as 'persistent'), providing a useful food resource for wildlife.

Many crab-apples also make excellent pollinators for fruiting apple trees, thanks to their profuse blossom and close genetic compatibility.

If planting a weeping variety it is generally best to tie the leader to a tall bamboo cane for the first few years. In the case of 2-year pot-grown examples you can cut back the tip by 3-5cm after planting, this will encourage more shoots to develop.

See this article for more advice on how to choose a crab-apple tree.