Posted: 21/11/2013 at 18:58
Just been posting about Crabapples so thought I'd make it a separate topic in the hope that you'd share your photos and experience too.
Wonderfully scented flowers and golfball sized fruit, almost good enough to eat fresh. Flowers for a long period, longer than a domestic apple but not quite as long as some other crabs. Flowers are white. A vigorous tree.
A nice Crab, doesn't hang, very nice colour and looks great from the house, but I wouldn't choose it if I could only have one. The crabs don't stay fresh either, by the time I was picking them, they'd started to rot. Nothing different about the typical apple blossom, no scent that I noticed. Like by the birds.
Similar to John Downie though later and still hanging on the tree as of 20/11/13. As you can guess from its name it's a good apple for jelly.
A very nice Crab, beautiful colour, starts off as it turns red a very strawberry red, quite unreal, then deepens as it goes. It's an early crab same as Red Lantern and John Downie and doesn't hang on the tree but the birds were eager to get it.
Neville Copeman is a very nice large sized crab. The crabs start off almost purple before fading to the colour you can see above. The leaves of the tree are purple for most of their time with very lovely red blossom. No scent that I noticed. The crabs hang longer than John Downie but the birds got them before they had a chance to fall. Red Sentinel
I think this is one of my favourites, because it hangs so well. I cut them off last year as they started to dry on the tree, but they were a fantastic show right the way in January. They're a moderate sized crab, about the size of a ten p piece and they're late which is possibly why they hang well.
I've neglected documenting the others so I'll post now to let you comment and share yours and hopefully I'll get more photos when it's light. If not then I'll post the pictures I downloaded.