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Pink Glow crab apple trees

Malus baccata

Malus 'Pink Glow' (also known as Malus 'Dolgo'), is named for its elongated dusky pink fruits, which form in plum-like clusters in September. The fruit is on the larger size for a crab apple, making it easy to use in the kitchen - it is perfect for crab apple jelly and a good source of pectin for other fruit jellies.

The blossom is plain white but borne in profusion early in the apple-blossom season. Pink Glow an excellent pollinator for all early-flowering apple varieties (those in flowering groups 1 and 2).

Our 2-year Pink Glow trees will usually produce blossom in the first spring after planting.

Pink Glow 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 £44.50
    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 £25.00
    Large tree (3m-4m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

How to grow

'Pink Glow' is easy to grow, largely disease-free. It originates from Russia and is exceptionally cold-hardy. It is popular with growers in Alaska where winter temperatures below -30C are not unusual, and is sometimes used as a cold-hardy rootstock for other less hardy varieties.

It is one of the better crab-apples for growing in patio-containers.

Advice on fruit tree pollination.

History

Malus 'Pink Glow' is also widely known as Malus 'Dolgo'. It is a member of the species Malus baccata, also known as the Siberian crab, but the fruitlets are considerably larger. It was discovered in the Imperial Botanical Gardens at St. Petersburg, Russia, at the end of the 19th century by American plant explorer N.E. Hansen. It was trialled by him at the South Dakota State University Agricultural Experiment Station, where its excellent cold-hardiness was quickly recognised. He named it Malus 'Dolgo' in 1917.

Pink Glow characteristics

Growing

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Self-fertilitySelf-fertile
  • Flowering group2
  • Pollinating othersGood
  • Climate suitabilityTemperate climatesMild damp climates

Using

  • Picking monthAugust
  • Picking seasonEarly
  • CroppingHeavy
  • Keeping (of fruit)1 week
  • Food usesCulinary

Problems

  • Disease resistanceGood

Climate

    Identification

    • Country of originRussia
    • Period of origin1850 - 1899