Malus x purpurea x ioensis Brandywine

Brandywine
  • Flower colour: Pink
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Growth habit: Spreading
  • Fruit colour: Orange

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.

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 trees for sale

Item
Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
Quantity
2-year Brandywine tree - in a 12L pot
3m-5m tall after 10 years
£40.95
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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.

Brandywine characteristics

Growing

  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive fruit Attractive tree / plant Autumn foliage colour Scented flowers
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Spreading
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Sunlight: Prefers full sun
  • Blossom duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
  • Pruning: Light prune
  • Disease resistance: Average
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners

Identification

  • Country of origin: United States
  • Flowering month: April
  • Flower colour: Pink
  • Flower form: Double flower (25-50 petals)
  • Flower size: Medium
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Light red
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Red
  • Fruit colour: Orange
  • Fruit size: Average
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous

Using

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

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