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.
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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 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.
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