Brandywine Malus x purpurea x ioensis
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 crab-apple trees for sale
In a 12L pot
Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
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.
Although it flowers quite late in the crab-apple flowering season, Brandywine blossom is very prone to frost, which will create ugly brown patches on the flowers. If a cold snap is forecast try to cover the tree with horticultural fleece.
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.
- Gardening skillBeginner
- Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive fruitAttractive tree / plantAutumn foliage colourScented flowers
- Growth habitSpreading / Flat-topped
- Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
- SunlightPrefers full sun
- PruningLight prune
- Growth rateAverage
- WildlifeAttractive to birds
- Flower colourPink
- Flower formDouble flower (25-50 petals)
- Flowering monthApril
- Leaf colourGreen
- Leaf colour - autumnOrange / Red
- Fruit colourOrange
- Fruit sizeAverage
- Fruit persistenceFruit drops when ripe
- Country of originUnited States
- Annual cycleDeciduous
Malus x purpurea x ioensisScarlet Brandywine
A new crab-apple featuring stunning pink scented double-flowers and good autumn colour.
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