Crab apple. This attractive ornamental tree has a lot to offer. Masses of lovely cup-shaped flowers appear in early spring. From late summer topped with clusters of small crab apples which can be yellow, red, orange, or purple.
A crab apple tree prefers full sun but will tolerate partial shade.
Malus x robusta ‘Red Sentinel’
Malus x robusta ‘Red Sentinel’ is popular for its lovely white blossom, which appears in April-May, followed by cherry-like, bright red fruit, maturing to deep red. The crab apples of ‘Red Sentinel’ will persist for much of the winter.
Malus ‘Golden Hornet’
Malus ‘Golden Hornet’ is much-loved for its golden-yellow crab apples. The dark green leaves take on a butter-yellow colour in autumn.
Those who want orange-yellow fruit try Malus ‘Evereste’. This variety can grow up to 5-7m tall.
Crab apples ‘Red Sentinel’ Blossom of ‘Red Sentinel’
Pruning crab apple (Malus). A mature crab appel requires almost no pruning. If necessary remove diseased, dead, and crossing branches in early spring.