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Butterball crab apple trees

Malus

With its cascade of speckled yellow-coloured fruits Malus Butterball is perhaps the prettiest of all crab-apples for autumn colour.

Butterball is also a good choice if you want to make crab apple jelly. The fruitlets hang on the tree for an extended period, and can be used for cooking throughout this period.

The spring blossom is pure white. Our 2-year Butterball trees will usually produce blossom in the first spring after planting.

Butterball 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
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

Bare-root

  • BR11-year bare-root tree Semi-vigorous rootstock £24.95
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)

How to grow

Malus Butterball is a good pollinator of late-flowering apple varieties (in flowering group 4).

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

Butterball characteristics

Using

  • CroppingHeavy
  • Picking seasonLate
  • Fruit persistenceRipens over a period
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinatorsAttractive to birds
  • Food usesCulinary

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group3
  • Pollinating othersGood
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourAverage vigour
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • PruningLight prune
  • Organic cultureSuitable

Problems

  • Disease resistanceAverage

Climate

  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climates
  • 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
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flower formSingle flower (5-8 petals)
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Fruit colourYellow
  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit