Malus John Downie crab apple trees

John Downie is a traditional white-blossom crab-apple, and one of the most popular for making crab apple jelly.

The fruits are a very attractive bright orange-red, with a distinctive upside-down pear shape.

Malus John Downie crab apple trees for sale

Delivery from week commmencing 6th April (when showing as in stock)

Mature size*Supplied asPriceQuantity

Pot-grown fruit trees

Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years)2-year - 12l pot - Semi-vigorous rootstock £36.45

Bare-root fruit trees

Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years)1-year - bare-root - Semi-vigorous rootstock  125cm£19.95Sold outalert me

Delivery period: Pot-grown trees can be delivered from September onwards. Bare-root trees can be delivered from mid-November onwards. Within those periods you can specify your preferred month of delivery during the checkout process. It is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. See photos of trees as supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

Summary features of Malus John Downie


  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Cropping: Good
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Good?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer?
  • Attractive blossom
  • Attractive fruit
  • Overall disease resistance: Poor?



  • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
  • Blossom colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Popularity: Best sellers?


  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Malus John Downie

Malus John Downie is in flowering group 4. Malus John Downie is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, although fruiting may be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.

Like most crab-apples it blooms over a long period and is therefore a good pollinator for other apple and cider-apple varieties flowering at the same time.

How to grow Malus John Downie crab apple trees

John Downie is not as disease resistant as most other crab apple varieties - but still easy to grow.

It grows in a more upright style than most crab apple varieties.

Botanical name

Malus 'John Downie'

UK-grown trees All our trees are grown in the UK.

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