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Brandywine

Brandywine

Brandywine is a new crab-apple which features a mass of light pink flowers. Unusually in a crab-apple, many of the flowers are "double", with many more petals than the simple "single" flowers of most crab-apples. As a result the blossom looks more like that of a flowering cherry than a crab-apple, and close up the flowers resemble miniature roses.

To add to the spring interest, the blossom also has a rose-like scent.

In autumn there is an abundance of small yellow fruits, which are useful for birds but tend to fall quickly from the tree. In fact, unusually for a crab-apple, the main autumn interest is the foliage, which turns from green to orange-red.

Malus x purpurea x ioensis

Brandywine crab-apple trees for sale

  • 2-year pot-grown tree £40.95
    In a 12L pot
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

How to grow

Brandywine is easy to grow and generally disease-resistant. Its Prarie Crab ancestry ensures it is very cold-hardy. It has a spreading habit and is likely to get wider than it is tall.

As with many double-flowered or dark-blossomed crab-apples, the pollen is sterile and will not pollinate other apple varieties.

History

Brandywine was developed from a well-known purple-blossom crab-apple Malus x purpurea 'Lemoinei', crossed with a cultivar of the Prairie Crab, Malus ioensis 'Klehm's Improved', from which it inherits its fragrant double flowers.

Brandywine characteristics

  • Growing

    • Gardening skill:Beginner
    • Attractive features:Attractive flowersAttractive fruitAttractive tree / plantAutumn foliage colourScented flowers
    • Growth habit:Spreading
    • Height after 10 years:3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
    • Flower colour:Pink
    • Flowering month:April
    • Flower form:Double flower (25-50 petals)
    • Leaf colour - autumn:Orange / Red
    • Leaf colour - summer:Green
    • Fruit colour:Orange
    • Sunlight:Prefers full sun
    • Pruning:Light prune
    • Growth rate:Average
  • Identification

    • Fruit size:Average
    • Country of origin:United States
    • Annual cycle:Deciduous
  • Using

    • Wildlife:Attractive to birds
    • Fruit persistence:Fruit drops when ripe

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.