Malus Butterball

With its cascade of speckled yellow-coloured fruits Malus Butterball is perhaps the prettiest of all crab-apples for autumn colour.

Butterball is also a good choice if you want to make crab apple jelly. The fruitlets hang on the tree for an extended period, and can be used for cooking throughout this period.

The spring blossom is pure white. Our 2-year Butterball trees will usually produce blossom in the first spring after planting.

Butterball trees for sale

Order now for delivery from 8th January - you can always request a Christmas gift certificate to give on the day.

Item
Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
Quantity
1-year Butterball tree - bare root
2.5m-4m tall after 10 years
£19.95
Out of stock
2-year Butterball tree - in a 11.5L pot
< 1.5m tall after 10 years
£36.45
2-year Butterball tree - in a 12L pot
2.5m-4m tall after 10 years
£36.45

Prices include VAT if applicable.


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.

Butterball 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

Malus Butterball is a good pollinator of late-flowering apple varieties (in flowering group 4).

Butterball characteristics

Growing

  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive fruit Scented flowers
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Useful for: Patio growing
  • Pruning: Light prune
  • Disease resistance: Average
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners

Identification

  • Country of origin: United States
  • Flower colour: White
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Flower size: Medium
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Fruit colour: Yellow
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit

Using

  • Fruit persistence: Ripens over a period
  • Wildlife: RHS perfect for pollinators Attractive to birds

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.