Malus John Downie - Crab Apple Tree
Plant bare-root tree of Malus John Downie in your garden. This variety is one of the best known of the crab apple trees. Beautiful and perfect for the...Read More
Plant bare-root tree of Malus John Downie in your garden. This variety is one of the best known of the crab apple trees. Beautiful and perfect for the wildlife-garden.
The trees burst into bloom in May and each branch is smothered with masses of white flowers that open from pink buds. This attracts a wealth of pollinating insects which in turn encourages a rich variety of insectivorous garden birds like warblers and wrens at breeding time. Perfect for bird families!
Malus John Downie’s distinctive red and yellow egg-shaped fruits are borne in large numbers in autuun so there will be a wealth of nutritious fruit for birds such as blackbirds and other members of the thrush family including winter visitors, fieldfares and redwings.
This fast growing crab apple tree is attractive all year; it has superb orange and gold autumn colour before the leaves fall. In winter the bare branches form convenient roosting places for colonising birds such as long-tailed tits and form perfect perches for nocturnal birds like tawny owls.
How to plant your tree
This bare-root variety arrives to you as a bare-root plant fully-labelled with its roots surrounded by a polythene bag to give the roots a good, humid environment.
There should be some healthy roots which will develop strongly in the ground over winter. The stems are bare on arrival- this is perfectly fine- and will start to grow and develop leaves in spring the following year when the weather warm up.
Bare-root plants are perfect for you to plant in the ground or in containers anytime from autumn to spring. The head of leaves and stems will burst into leaf and flower from next spring, and a good root network which will establish in the ground over winter.
Remove the polythene bag and water the root area of your bare-root plant on arrival. Try to plant straight away but if this is not possible your plant will survive up to two or three days with its roots buried in some loose moist soil. Keep out of direct-sun.
Once planted in rich, moist soil provide a thick layer of compost on the surface around the plant will keep the soil area warm and the roots stimulated for over winter.
Eventual height: 6m (20ft)
Supplied as bare-root plant
Delivery from early November to early April