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27/11/2009 at 10:10
I've had a Weeping Japanese Crab Apple for so long it cheered up; the branches grow sideways instead of down giving it a lovely shape. Every year marauding squirrels strip off bunches of red apple supporting twigs, split open the small apples and eat the pips, discarding everything else. Few apples left now. Grrrr.
23/04/2010 at 07:26
I would like to add to the five Malus listed. We bought one about 4/5 years ago called Everest and it has been a wonderful investment because of it's different stages throughout the year. first it is festooned with lovely white blossom, then good sized red/orange fruit covered with a bloom like a grape and finally the leaves provide a lovely display in the Autumn. On top of all that it attracts many Blackbirds which love the fruit, so all in all a tree worth having
26/04/2010 at 08:06
Brian H: A welcome addition to the list. Everest is indeed a fine tree.
25/07/2010 at 21:06
I have just planted a weeping Malus Royal Beauty I would like it to be about 1ft taller (7ft)will the tree naturally grow or would tying up or pruning the leader incoreage side shoots
26/07/2010 at 07:16
Scotchy: You are being very strict! luckily M.Royal Beauty is one of the very smallest Crabs. Yes, pruning the leader will encourage side shoots.
27/06/2011 at 12:48
I have a malus Royal beauty crab apple tree, weeping variety, but it has grown a lot of side shoots and these are overshadowing the tree, is this the normal growth of the tree or should I be pruning it? Any thoughts gratefully received.
28/11/2011 at 18:39
The crab apples at Hilliers Arboretum are a sight to see and always inspire me to want to plant one in the garden, but never knew which to plant, thanks for the shortlist!
08/06/2012 at 17:20

I bought a crab apple tree 2 years ago, and it is in a large pot. Last year it had lots of leaves but no flowers. This year it started to blossom in March, but was then hit with cold and wet in April. All the blossom and leaves have fallen off, and I think it might be dead. is there any hope for it?

05/03/2016 at 14:06

I have a young crab apple. It flowered and fruited well last autumn so much so that it pulled the 3 young leader branches downwards. We staked it, harvested the apples and waited for pruning time. Do I just cut the top 3 branches back by 6 inches or so, to make sure that the tree does not develop a list to one side. I thought I had seen somewhere that you were not supposed to cut branches back, just prune unwanted branches off at the trunk. Can anyone help me with some advice?


05/03/2016 at 14:56

I wouldn't normally bother to prune a crab apple but if you think it is going wobbly then by all means do so. The more you prune a branch the faster and harder it will work to recover its original size. So cut by the least amount the side you least want to grow. The one you want to encourage to grow should be pruned harder.

05/03/2016 at 15:32

Usually pruning in the manner suggested, will just make those branches grow more, as pansy has said. I am not sure how best to get the desired effect.

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