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Admiration

Malus Admiration is a naturally dwarf crab-apple tree, which grows very slowly with a compact upright habit. 

Although the tree remains small it has an exceptional blossom display, which rivals many a flowering cherry.  It is also a useful pollinator of late-flowering apple trees.

The small crimson berry-like fruitlets are borne in abundance, and persist on the tree into early December. Their size makes them popular with birds such as thrushes and blackbirds which can eat them whole.

Admiration crab-apple trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £25.00
    Small size (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
    Out of stock
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  • 22-year pot-grown tree £44.50
    In a 11.5L pot
    Small size (1.5m-2.5m after 10 years)
Next deliveries

Deliveries from 30th November for pot grown or December onwards for bare-rooted (where items shown in stock).


How to grow

Malus Admiration has good disease resistance, and is particularly resistant to fireblight.

After 10 years this tree is likely to be around 2.5m or so tall, and perhaps 3m after 20 years. The mature spread at the top of the tree could be up to 1.5m - it has a very upright and columnar form. For the first few years the tree is unlikely to have any side shoots, these start to develop as it gets older.

History

Malus 'Admiration' was developed by Dr Donald Egolf of the US National Arboretum in the 1980s. In the USA it is known as Malus 'Adirondack'.

Admiration characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive fruitScented flowers
  • Growth habitColumnar / Fastigiate
  • Height after 10 years1.5m-2.5m / 5ft-8ft
  • PruningLight prune
  • Growth rateSlow
  • Flower colourPink - light
  • Flowering monthApril
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourRed
  • Fruit persistencePersistent
  • Country of originUnited States
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinatorsAttractive to birds
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

What will it look like?

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.

Malus Admiration crab apple tree

How to choose a crab-apple tree

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.