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Donald Wyman

Donald Wyman crab apple blossom

Malus 'Donald Wyman' is a typical white-flowered crab-apple, which grows into a reasonably large spreading tree, with good presence.

This variety is particularly notable for its tiny red fruitlets, which are very persistent, hanging on the tree well into the winter.

In a good autumn (with sunny days and cold nights) the leaves take on yellow-orange tints.

Donald Wyman crab-apple trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £19.95
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
  • 22-year pot-grown tree £44.50
    In a 12L pot
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
Next deliveries

Deliveries from September for pot grown and December for bare-rooted (where items shown in stock).


How to grow

Donald Wyman crab-apple trees have a poor reputation in the USA for their susceptibility to the disease fireblight. However don't let this put you off - fireblight is not virulent in the UK, and in this country Donald Wyman is usually problem-free.

History

This variety was discovered as a chance seedling growing at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University in the USA in the 1950s. It was named after Donald Wyman, a horticulturalist who worked there.

Donald Wyman characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive fruit
  • Growth habitUpright-spreading
  • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering monthApril
  • Flower formSingle flower (5-8 petals)
  • Leaf colour - autumnOrange / Gold
  • Leaf colour - summerGreen
  • Fruit colourRed
  • Growth rateAverage
  • Fruit sizeVery small
  • Country of originUnited States
  • Annual cycleDeciduous
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • Fruit persistencePersistent

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. Approximate girth: 6/8cm. Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years. We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.

Malus Donald Wyman crab apple tree

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.