Malus Donald Wyman

Donald Wyman crab apple blossom
  • Flower colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Fruit colour: Red

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.

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 trees for sale

Item
Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
Quantity
1-year Donald Wyman tree - bare root
3m-5m tall after 10 years
£19.95
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What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. (Approx. girth: 6/8). Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

Malus Donald Wyman crab apple tree


We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.

Leaves may not be present during winter, and we may prune some shoots to fit the delivery carton. Size may vary during the season and between batches. The container (if supplied) is only used for transporting the tree, which should then be planted out in the garden or in a much larger patio planter (not all species are suitable for patio planting).

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.

Donald Wyman characteristics

Growing

  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive fruit
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Blossom duration: Long
  • Disease resistance: Average
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners

Identification

  • Country of origin: United States
  • Flowering month: April
  • Flower colour: White
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Orange / Gold
  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Fruit size: Very small
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous

Using

  • Fruit persistence: Persistent
  • Wildlife: RHS perfect for pollinators

How to choose a crab-apple tree

We have a very wide range of 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.