I'm hoping to appeal to your collective knowledge, as I'm looking for recommendations on which crab apple tree to plant.
I've only got a small garden, and the spot in mind is going to be west facing and fairly sheltered, at the back of a deep border (ie one half of the garden!).
I'd love one with red/reddish fruit, and one with lighter rather than darker blossom (no very dark pink blossoms). Are there any with earlier blossoms than usual?
Basically, to fit with the wildlife theme of the garden - blossoms for bees, fruit for birds, and something interesting to look at for us humans.
Also, any tips on planting/caring for them to help them thrive? First tree I'll ever be buying!