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Harry Baker crab apple trees

Malus
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Blossom colour: Crimson
  • Fruit colour: Red
Malus Harry Baker is a popular crab-apple with deep pink flowers and dark red fruits which are very good for crab-apple jelly.

Harry Baker 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 £59.00
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  • BR11-year bare-root tree Semi-vigorous rootstock £36.75
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Delivery for a single tree starts at £9.95. It is calculated when you add trees to your basket, based on your postcode.

Malus 'Harry Baker' is a popular crab-apple with good spring and autumn appeal. The spring blossom is and intense dark-pink blossom, whilst in autumn the maroon-coloured fruits are very attractive and hang on the tree after the leaves have fallen.

Harry Baker is one of the best varieties for making crab-apple jelly. The fruits, which ripen fairly late in the season, have a pink / red flesh which lends an attractive dark red hue to the resulting jelly, rather like the colour of red wine. The flesh is usefully high in pectin too.

Unusually for a variety with dark-pink blossom and dark red fruits, the leaves are green rather than bronze, although young leaves have a hint of bronze.

How to grow

Harry Baker produces a resonably compact tree and is likely to reach 3m-4m on a semi-vigorous rootstock.  It is a good pollinator for mid and late-flowering apple trees.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

This crab-apple was named in honour of Harry Baker, Fruit Officer of the RHS at Wisley in the 1980s, and the author of several books on fruit trees and soft fruits.

Harry Baker characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group4
  • Pollinating othersGood
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climates

Using

  • Picking seasonLate
  • CroppingGood
  • Keeping (of fruit)2-3 weeks
  • Food usesCulinary

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood

Identification

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