Malus baccata Pink Glow

  • Flower colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading

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.

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 trees for sale

Order now for delivery from 18th December

Item
Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
Quantity
1-year Pink Glow tree - bare root
2.5m-4m tall after 10 years
£19.95
2-year Pink Glow tree - in a 12L pot
< 1.5m tall after 10 years
£36.45
2-year Pink Glow tree - in a 12L pot
2.5m-4m tall after 10 years
£36.45
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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 Pink Glow 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

'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.

Pink Glow characteristics

Growing

  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive fruit Attractive tree / plant Scented flowers
  • Height 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Vigour: Weak growing
  • Useful for: Patio growing
  • Blossom duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners

Identification

  • Country of origin: Russia
  • Flower colour: White
  • Flower size: Medium
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous

Using

  • Fruit persistence: Normal ripening
  • Wildlife: RHS perfect for pollinators Attractive to birds

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,

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.