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Comtesse de Paris crab apple trees

Malus

Comtesse de Paris is a popular crab-apple with small dark green leaves and bright yellow fruitlets. The blossom is pure white once fully open, but like many white-flowered crab-apples the buds are initially pink as they begin to open.

The fruits continue to hang on the tree well into December, even after the leaves have fallen.

Comtess de Paris is also a very good pollinator of late-flowering apple trees and cider-apple trees.

Comtesse de Paris 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 £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

Comtess de Paris is also a very good pollinator of late-flowering apple trees and cider-apple trees.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Comtesse de Paris was awarded the RHS AGM in 2013, and is now the recommended yellow-fruited crab-apple. The award was withdrawn from the previously recommended yellow-fruited crab-apple, Golden Hornet. Comtesse de Paris has many of the same qualities as Golden Hornet, but is less susceptible to scab and grows with a more balanced form. However Golden Hornet remains an excellent alternative.

Comtesse de Paris characteristics

Using

  • Picking monthOctoberNovember
  • CroppingGood
  • Picking seasonVery late
  • Fruit persistencePersistent
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group5
  • Pollinating othersGood
  • PloidyDiploid
  • VigourSlightly small
  • Growth rateAverage
  • PrecocityPrecocious
  • Bearing regularityRegular
  • SunlightPrefers full sun
  • PruningLight prune

Problems

  • Disease resistanceAverage

Climate

  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climates
  • Cold-hardinessCold-hardy
  • Summer average maximum temperaturesCool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)Cold (< 20C / 67F)

Identification

  • Country of originFrance
  • Flowering monthMay
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flower formSingle flower (5-8 petals)
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Leaf colour - autumnGreen
  • Fruit colourYellow
  • Fruit sizeAverage
  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit