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Admiration crab apple trees

Malus halliana

Malus Admiration is a naturally dwarf crab-apple tree, which grows very slowly with a compact upright habit. 

Although the tree is small it has an exceptional blossom display, which rivals many a flowering cherry. It is also a useful pollinator of late-flowering apple trees.

The tiny crimson berry-like fruitlets are also borne in abundance, and persist on the tree into early December. Their small size makes them popular with birds such as thrushes and blackbirds which can eat them whole.

After 10 years this tree is likely to be around 2.5m or so tall, and perhaps 3m after 20 years. The mature spread at the top of the tree could be up to 1.5m, with a very upright and columnar form.

Admiration 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 11.5L pot-grown tree M27 rootstock £47.00
    Very small tree (< 1.7m after 10 years)
    (Patio)
  • PG22-year 12L pot-grown tree Semi-vigorous rootstock £44.50
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree Semi-vigorous rootstock £24.95
    Medium tree (2m-3m after 10 years)
    (100cm)

How to grow

Malus Admiration has good disease resistance, and is particularly resistant to fireblight.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Malus 'Admiration' was developed by Dr Donald Egolf of the US National Arboretum. In the USA it is known as Malus 'Adirondack'.

Admiration characteristics

Using

  • CroppingHeavy
  • Picking seasonVery late
  • Fruit persistencePersistent
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinatorsAttractive to birds

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersGood
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourWeak growing
  • Growth rateSlow
  • PruningLight prune
  • Organic cultureSuitable

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood
  • FireblightVery resistant

Climate

  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)Cold (< 20C / 67F)

Identification

  • Country of originUnited States
  • Period of origin1950 - 1999
  • Flowering monthApril
  • Flower colourPink - light
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourRed
  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit