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Malus 'John Downie' (Crab Apple Tree)

Malus 'John Downie' (Crab Apple Tree)

Price:  £22.50 22.5000 In Stock New

code: APL025

Malus 'John Downie'

The most popular crab apple for making jelly. Produces masses of pretty pink budded white blossom in the spring followed by bright red and orange fruits in the autumn that are sweet enough to be eaten raw when ripe.

Bred in the U.K.  RHS Perfect for Pollinators

Pollination: Self-fertile. Universal Pollinator.

Height x spread in 10 years: up to 3m (10ft).

Available for delivery: late November - early May.


More Information

Crab apples (Malus) are related to the common apple and are grown for their lavish display of spring flowers and edible fruits which can be made into jelly. They are also very useful pollinators as they have a long flowering period and are often interplanted in commercial apple orchards to assist with pollination. Crab apples make ideal specimen trees and are suitable for smaller gardens. To ensure rapid establishment, crab apple trees are supplied bare-rooted and unless otherwise stated will be 1.2-1.5m (4-5ft) high on despatch. Trees are available from late November to early May.


Don't forget to include tree stakes and ties on your order.  All young fruit trees require staking and for better establishment we strongly advise using Rootgrow when planting (as recommended in RHS planting guidelines).


Delivery Information


Carriage & packing charges


Our standard delivery charge to mainland UK is £7.95. Some items (where stated) are p&p inclusive. If you are only ordering items that are p&p inclusive, the standard delivery charge does not apply.


Deliveries to the Scottish Islands and Highlands, Northern Ireland, Channel Islands, Isle of Man and addresses with the following postcode prefixes may incur surcharges:


AB31-38, AB40-56, HS, IV, KA27-28, KW, PA20-88, PH4-50, ZE, GY, JE, IM, BT


Please contact us for a quote to these destinations. We regret we are unable to deliver outside the British Isles.



Despatch Dates


We regret we are unable to give precise delivery dates as weather conditions can affect the despatch schedule. The following information should only be used as a guide on the understanding that we may not be able to keep to these dates precisely.



Fruit trees, soft fruit bushes & hedging (bare root)


Bare root fruit trees, soft fruit bushes and hedging will be despatched from late November until early May.  Orders placed before mid November will usually be despatched by mid December. Orders placed after mid November will usually be delivered within 28 days of the order being placed. Orders placed from mid April onwards will be despatched within 14 days.



Fruit trees & soft fruit bushes (pot grown)


Pot grown fruit trees are available May to September and will be despatched within 28 days.


Cell grown raspberries are available from late May to mid July and will be despatched within 28 days.


Blackberries, blueberries, cranberries, honeyberries, lingonberries, figs, goji berries and pot grown grapes, gooseberries and currants will be despatched within 28 days unless ordered with plants that are due to be despatched at a later date.  Under these circumstances, to avoid additional carriage charges, the entire order will be sent together when everything is available.



Strawberry plants


Fresh dug strawberry plants will be despatched from October to late November. Coldstored strawberry plants will be despatched from mid March to mid July. Orders placed during these periods will usually be delivered within 28 days. Some varieties are only available as coldstored plants (see product description for availability).



Asparagus crowns


Asparagus crowns will be despatched from late March/early April to late May. Orders placed during this period will usually be despatched within 14 days.





Hardware will be despatched within 28 days unless ordered with plants that are due to be despatched at a later date.



Biological Controls (Natural Predators)


Natural Predators are despatched at the appropriate time for application (see product description for detailed information). When "in season" they are despatched direct from our supplier in batches on a weekly basis -  we send orders to our supplier every Thursday and they despatch these orders Wednesday the following week by first class post.






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