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Crimson Cascade crab apple trees

Malus x purpurea
Crimson Cascade
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Blossom colour: Crimson
  • Fruit colour: Red - dark
A new weeping crab-apple with dusky pink blossom and small dark red fruitlets.

Crimson Cascade crab apple trees for sale

Pot-grown

All pot-grown trees are suitable for planting out in the garden, some are suitable for growing in containers.

  • PG12-year 12L pot-grown tree Semi-vigorous rootstock £71.50
    Large tree (3m-5m after 10 years)
Pre-ordering

You can pre-order now, deliveries start in September.

Delivery charges

Delivery for a single tree starts at £9.95. It is calculated when you add trees to your basket, based on your postcode.

Crimson Cascade is a new weeping crab-apple, featuring long whippy branches which flow down almost to the ground.

The main spring attraction is the mass of dusky pink blossom. The blossom is a combination of single and semi-double flowers.

In summer the cascading branches and green-bronze leaves make the tree a useful focal point in the garden.

In autumn the tree displays small round dark red/purple fruitlets.

How to grow

Weeping crab-apples usually remain fairly small, up to 2m or so but Crimson Cascade will eventually become a fairly large weeping tree, up to 3m or more in good conditions.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Crimson Cascade was raised by retired chemist Alan Warwick in Yorkshire, UK in the 1980s. At a time when almost all new plants are developed in huge university breeding programmes, Crimson Cascade was discovered the old-fashioned way - by planting a pip and watching it grow. In this case the pip was from a crab-apple called Malus x purpurea 'Aldenhamensis'. Crimson Cascade resembles Aldenhamensis in almost every respect except one - Aldenhamensis grows with a regular upright-spreading habit, whereas Crimson Cascade is strongly weeping. However, the branches of Aldenhamensis are quite long and whippy and it is not hard to see how a weeping form could have arisen from it.

Crimson Cascade was shortlisted for the Plant of the Year award at the Chelsea Flower Show in 2017.

Crimson Cascade characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersPoor
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climates

Using

  • Picking seasonLate
  • CroppingGood
  • Food usesNot suitable for humans

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood

Identification

  • Country of originUnited Kingdom
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Flowering monthApril
  • Blossom colourCrimson
  • Fruit colourRed - dark