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Pink Glow

Malus 'Pink Glow' (also known as Malus 'Dolgo'), is named for its elongated dusky pink fruits, which form in plum-like clusters in September. The fruit is on the larger size for a crab apple, making it easy to use in the kitchen - it is perfect for crab apple jelly and a good source of pectin for other fruit jellies.

The blossom is plain white but borne in profusion early in the apple-blossom season. Pink Glow an excellent pollinator for all early-flowering apple varieties (those in flowering groups 1 and 2).

Our 2-year Pink Glow trees will usually produce blossom in the first spring after planting.

Pink Glow crab-apple trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £25.00
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
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  • 22-year pot-grown tree £44.50
    In a 11.5L pot
    Very small size (< 1.5m after 10 years)
  • 32-year pot-grown tree £44.50
    In a 12L pot
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
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Next deliveries

Deliveries from 2nd November for pot grown and December for bare-rooted (where items shown in stock).


How to grow

'Pink Glow' is easy to grow, largely disease-free. It originates from Russia and is exceptionally cold-hardy. It is popular with growers in Alaska where winter temperatures below -30C are not unusual, and is sometimes used as a cold-hardy rootstock for other less hardy varieties.

It is one of the better crab-apples for growing in patio-containers.

History

Malus 'Pink Glow' is also widely known as Malus 'Dolgo'. It is a member of the species Malus baccata, also known as the Siberian crab, but the fruitlets are considerably larger. It was discovered in the Imperial Botanical Gardens at St. Petersburg, Russia, at the end of the 19th century by American plant explorer N.E. Hansen. It was trialled by him at the South Dakota State University Agricultural Experiment Station, where its excellent cold-hardiness was quickly recognised. He named it Malus 'Dolgo' in 1917.

Pink Glow characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive fruitAttractive tree / plantScented flowers
  • Growth habitUpright-spreading
  • Height after 10 years2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • Growth rateAverage
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening
  • Food usesJam / Jelly
  • Country of originRussia
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinatorsAttractive to birds
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

Similar varieties

  • See also John Downie
    Malus
    John Downie
    Another good variety for crab-apple jelly.
  • See also Malus baccata
    Malus baccata
    Malus baccata
    The Siberian crab-apple, noted for its exceptional cold-hardiness, disease-resistance, attractive blossom and clusters of cherry-like fruitlets in autumn,

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 Pink Glow 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.