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Candymint

Malus sargentii
Candy-mint crab apple blossom
Candymint is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators

Malus 'Candymint' is an attractive small crab-apple tree, with a strongly spreading habit. Although it remains quite low to the ground, it grows vigorously with wide spreading branches.

It is notable for its very intense display of white pink-tinged blossom.

In autumn the leaves turn a light yellow colour, whilst the small dark red fruits persist into early winter - a useful resource for wildlife but too small for human use.

Candymint crab-apple trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £33.50
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
    (125cm)
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  • 22-year pot-grown tree £58.00
    In a 12L pot
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
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How to grow

Malus 'Candymint' is one of the more disease-resistant crab-apple varieties, with good resistance to scab, mildew, cedar rust and fireblight.

It also tolerates air pollution and is therefore a useful tree for city-dwellers.

History

Malus 'Candymint' is seedling of Malus sargentii. It ws developed at the Simpson Nursery in Vincennes, Indiana, USA and released in 1989. It differs from the species on account of its much more spreading growth habit, and the stronger purple tones of the blossom, and slightly bronze hue of the leaves.

Candymint characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive fruitAttractive tree / plant
  • Growth habitSpreading / Flat-topped
  • Height after 10 years2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • Growth rateAverage
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Flower colourPink - light
  • Flower formSingle flower (5-8 petals)
  • Flowering monthApril
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Leaf colour - autumnOrange / Gold
  • Fruit colourRed - dark
  • Fruit sizeSmall
  • Fruit persistencePersistent
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

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.