John Downie is probably the best known of the crab apples, producing conical bright orange and red fruits which are large for crab apples and a great flavour for jellies.
One of the most established crab apples having been around since the late 1800s although a little more susceptable to scab and mildew than some of the modern varieties. John Downie produces pink budded white flowers in May.
Crab apple trees are available barerooted as one year 'maiden' trees. They vary in size according to the variety but the average height will be 1.2-1.5m (4-5' tall) reaching up to 5.5m (18ft) and ideal for training into bush trees.
Organic John Downie Crab Apple Trees are despatched in bare-root form between November and March.
- Organic John Downie Crab Apple supplied in moderate vigour form on MM106 rootstock
- Supplied height between 1.2m-1.5m - grows to 3.6-5.5m (12-18ft)
- Supplied as one year 'maidens' ideal for training into different forms - bush trees, espaliers, cordons, etc...
- They are available barerooted being lifted and dispatched when dormant from late November onwards
- Fruit in 2-3 years
- Produce large red crab apples
- Ideal for creating crab apple jelly
- Raised on Soil Association certified and DEFRA inspected specialist nursery
- Flowers in May and can be harvested from October
- Prune in winter when tree is dormant
- Supplied with siting, planting and training leaflet
- Comes in maiden form for easy training and pruning
- See our Guide to Successful Fruit Trees for more growing advice
Delivery - delivery of your fruit trees is £9.95 to most parts of the UK. Unfortunately fruit trees are unable to be delivered to Northern Ireland and Eire. Customers in the Scottish highlands and islands should e-mail our Customer Services Department or telephone on 0333 400 6400 (local rate) for a quotation.
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Planting and Delivery Information
See our Guide to Successful Fruit Trees for more growing advice
Planting - do not attempt to plant your fruit trees when the ground is frozen or waterlogged. The trees can be stored in their packaging in an outbuilding or garage for 2-3 days, or can be heeled into the soil where the ground is not as frozen. Alternatively, plant up in large pots or containers and ensure the roots have good contact with the soil.
Delivery - delivery of your fruit trees is £9.95 to most parts of the UK. Unfortunately fruit trees are unable to be delivered to Northern Ireland and Eire. Customers in the Scottish highlands and islands should e-mail our Customer Services Department or telephone on 0333 400 6400 for a quotation.