John Downie is one of the most popular crab-apples in the UK, featuring traditional white blossom and very attractive bright orange-red fruitlets, with a distinctive upside-down pear shape.
It is perhaps the definitive variety for making crab apple jelly, which will usually be a pale pink colour.
It grows with a more upright habit than most other crab-apple varieties, and will fit in a relatively small space.
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John Downie easy to grow, but somewhat prone to apple scab - although this does not affect the cooking quality of the fruit.
John Downie was raised in the 1870s by Edward Holmes, a nurseryman from Lichfield, England. He named it after his friend and fellow nurseryman John Downie.
Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied.
Approximate girth: 6/8cm.
Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.
We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.
We list more than 40 different crab-apple trees. Choosing can be difficult! See our article explaining the different characteristics of crab-apple trees which will help you narrow down the selection.