Crab apple trees

Crab apples produce a mass of spring blossom, followed by attractive ornamental fruits which can also be used for cooking. We can advise on the best crab apple trees to suit your garden.
Malus Admiration crab-apple tree
Very late-season  

Admiration is a naturally dwarf upright crab-apple with masses of light-pink / white flowers. compare
Malus Butterball crab-apple tree
Late-season  

Butterball has bright white blossom and attractive butter-yellow fruits. compare
Malus Cardinal crab-apple tree
Late-season  

Malus Cardinal produces a very intense display of dark pink flowers. compare
Malus Comtesse de Paris crab-apple tree

Recommended by the RHS as one of the best yellow-fruited crab-apples. compare
Malus Donald Wyman crab-apple tree
Very late-season  

A white-flowered crab-apple notable for its very persistent small red fruits. compare
Malus Evereste crab-apple tree
Late-season  

Evereste is one of the most well-known crab-apples, featuring white blossom and red-yellow fruits. compare
Malus Floribunda crab-apple tree
Late-season  

An attractive spreading crab-apple tree with white blossom and red / yellow fruits. compare
Malus Golden Gem crab-apple tree
Late-season  

Golden Gem has bright white blossom followed by yellow crab apples. compare
Malus Golden Hornet crab-apple tree
Very late-season  

Malus Golden Hornet is a traditional white blossom crab apple, with persistent yellow fruits. compare
Malus Gorgeous crab-apple tree
Very late-season  

Malus Gorgeous features light pink blossom and is good for crab apple jelly. compare
Malus Harry Baker crab-apple tree
Late-season  

Malus Harry Baker is a useful culinary crab-apple with deep pink flowers and dark-red fruits. compare
Malus Indian Magic crab-apple tree
Very late-season  

A superb all-round crab apple, bronze leaves, and persistent red fruits. compare
Malus Jelly King crab-apple tree
Late-season  

A compact crab apple, with unusually large persistent fruits - excellent for crab apple jelly. compare
Malus John Downie crab-apple tree
Late-season  

John Downie is a good crabapple for making crab apple jelly. White blossom and orange-red fruits. compare
Malus Laura crab-apple tree
Late-season  

A dwarf upright crab apple with bronze leaves and crimson blossom. compare
Malus Louisa crab-apple tree
Late-season  

Malus Louisa is a pretty weeping crab apple with light pink blossom. compare
Malus Pink Glow crab-apple tree
Early-season  

Pink Glow (also known as Malus Dolgo), has early-season white flowers and dark pink crab-apples. compare
Malus Profusion Improved crab-apple tree
Early-season  

Malus Profusion is a notably compact crab apple variety, with dense clusters of deep pink blossom. compare
Malus Red Sentinel crab-apple tree
Late-season  

Malus Red Sentinel has white blossom and small scarlet persistent fruits. compare
Malus Roberts Red crab-apple tree
Early-season  

A red-fleshed crab-apple, with dark pink blossom, and purple fruits. Useful for cooking and juicing. compare
Malus Rosehip crab-apple tree
Late-season  

Malus Rosehip is notable for its large rosehip-shaped red fruits. compare
Malus Royal Beauty crab-apple tree
Late-season  

A popular small weeping crab apple tree with crimson blossom. compare
Malus Royalty crab-apple tree
Mid-season  

Malus Royalty is an ornamental crab apple with green-bronze leaves and dark red blossom. compare
Malus Scarlett crab-apple tree
Very late-season  

Malus toringo Scarlett is an ornamental crab apple with purple/green leaves and pink blossom. compare
Malus Sun Rival crab-apple tree
Mid-season  

Malus Sun Rival is a crab apple with white flowers, red fruits, notable for its weeping growth habit. compare
Malus Wedding Bouquet crab-apple tree
Very late-season  

Malus Wedding Bouquet is named for its abundance of ivory-white blossom. compare

More about Crab apple trees

Crab apples (Ornamental malus) are very closely related to apples, being part of the same genus Malus. The only difference between an apple and a crabapple is the size of the fruit, and it is usually considered that any apple variety with a fruit size of less than 2" is a crabapple.

Crab apple trees are grown primarily for their ornamental value. This starts in spring with a profusion of attractive blossom, which is often scented. The brightly coloured ornamental fruits hang attractively on the tree throughout autumn, providing colour in the garden and a source of food for birds. Some varieties also have attractive bronze leaves.

Most crab apples are edible - although rather unpalatable for eating fresh. However many varieties are valuable for cooking - crab apples contain large amounts of pectin, and are useful in the kitchen for making fruit jellies. Several varieties are also useful for cider blends.

The prolific blossom also makes most crab apples excellent pollinators for all other apple and cider-apple varieties - they typically produce five to ten times more pollen than a typical apple tree. The blossom is also usually more long-lasting than that of normal apples, and spans several of the mainstream apple flowering groups. Crab apples are naturally precocious and will often start producing blossom and fruit in their 2nd or 3rd years.