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Apple Crab Tree - John Downie
£18.99
Apple Crab Tree - John Downie

Apple Crab Tree - John Downie

Not only is this upright apple variety highly ornamental in the garden giving masses of soft pink blossom in spring but it's an excellent pollinator for other apples. The yellow/orange fruits of John Downie are large for a crab and make the finest, clear crab apple jelly. Delicious eaten with meats and cheeses or just spread on buttery toast! Pollination group 3. Supplied as a bare root tree.

Our apples are grafted onto an M26 rootstock which produces an easy-to-control semi-dwarf tree with medium vigour. Height 3m after 10 years. 

 

 

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Ornamental and tasty too!

Not only is this upright apple variety highly ornamental in the garden giving masses of soft pink blossom in spring but it's an excellent pollinator for other apples. The yellow/orange fruits of John Downie are large for a crab and make the finest, clear crab apple jelly. Delicious eaten with meats and cheeses or just spread on buttery toast! Pollination group 3. Supplied as a bare root tree.

Our apples are grafted onto an M26 rootstock which produces an easy-to-control semi-dwarf tree with medium vigour. Height 3m after 10 years. 

 

 

Hardiness:-15 degrees

Resistance to Disease:False

Seeds:False

Bulbs:False

Shrubs:False

Tree:True

Tree, Bare Root or Potted:Bare Root

Plants:False

Aftercare - Easy:False

Aftercare - Moderate:True

Aftercare - High:False

Scented:False

Cut Flower:False

Edible Flower:False

Spread:251-300cm

Organic:False

Good For Dried Flowers:False

Drought Resistant:False

RHS Award of Garden Merit:False

Vegetables recommended by the NIAB:False

Award Winners in Fleuroselect Trials:False

Likes Acidic Soil:False

Containers:True

Hanging Baskets:False

Beds & Borders:True

Rockeries:False

Climbers:False

Greenhouse, Glass House or Home:False

Prefers Full Sun:True

Grows in Sun or Partial Shade:False

Grows in Sun or Shade:False

Partial or Full Shade:False

Shade:False

F1 Variety:False

Hardy Annual:False

Half Hardy Annual:False

Greenhouse Annual:False

Hardy Biennial:False

Greenhouse Biennial:False

Hardy Perennial:False

Tender Perennial:False

Half Hardy Perennial:False

Greenhouse Perennial:False

Shrub:False

Butterflies:True

Birds:False

Bees:True

For planting and growing advice read our Apple Tree growing guide.

Apple cultivation can be adapted to a wide range of growing styles depending on space and individual preference. Here we describe the more classic styles together with some exciting modern innovations which enable a heavy crop of fruit to be grown in the smallest of spaces (our trees are grafted onto rootstocks which keep them at an ideal garden size). A number of these styles can also be used for other fruit crops. CRAB APPLES - These can be grown following instructions for apples and are best grown as an ‘open centred’ tree. Crab apples tend to become quite spindly if left to their own devices. To encourage stronger growth we recommend reducing branches by about one third every other year whilst dormant. This has the additional benefit of improving fruit size and health. BUSH - Probably the most widely seen style of apple and, well grown, can be a highly productive method. The aim is to arrive at an open centred tree with a maximum of six main branches which form the ‘backbone’ of the tree for life. Sub branches of these will bear most of the fruit and these are removed, allowing replacements to grow, as they reach about four years old. This will maintain the bulk of the tree in a ‘young’ state to ensure maximum productivity. Bush trees can be planted about 3–3.5m (10–12') apart. Once planted the central leader (main stem) should be removed at a point just above the highest side branch or feather. This will encourage the feathers to develop and the strongest and best placed ones should be selected as the main frame of the tree. Over the next three seasons all that is needed is to cut these back by about one third in winter to encourage sub branch development. When, from year 4, older sub branches are removed make sure that the cut is made at a union with another as this will maintain a healthy productive branch structure. Aim to limit the height of the tree to around 2.4m (8'). and expect your tree to be yielding up to 22kg (50lb) of fruit once it reaches 5 yr.

All Dobies products should reach you in perfect condition, just as they left us. If you are dissatisfied in any way with their condition on arrival, please let us know within 14 days. We are only liable for the cost of the goods as quoted on the website plus the cost of delivery if the goods are faulty.

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