Malus 'John Downie'

Crab apple

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Key information

Plant type

Deciduous tree

Flower colour



Flowers, Fruit, Attractive to wildlife



Skill level


photo by Jerry Harpur, copyright GAP Photos (43032)

Plant details

This beautiful crab apple is covered in white flowers that open from pale pink buds in late spring. An abundance of large orange and red fruit cover the branches in autumn and it is probable one of the best fruiting crab apples available. The fruit is ideal for making jelly with. It has been given an Award of Garden Merit (AGM), which is for plants of outstanding excellence.

Family: Rosaceae

Genus: Malus

Cultivar: John Downie

Plant type: Deciduous tree

Flower colour: White

Foliage colour: Mid-green

Feature: Flowers, Fruit, Attractive to wildlife

Sun exposure: Full sun, Partial shade

Soil: Well-drained/light, Clay/heavy, Chalky/alkaline, Moist

Hardiness: Hardy

Skill level: Beginner

Height: 1000cm

Spread: 600cm

Reader reviews


hi, i'm a beginner in gardening and i wanted a small tree for the front of my house so i got weeping crab apple tree and planted it yesterday (7th may) its an open area and was quite windy when i planted it, i went to have a look at it today and was so disheartened to see that all the white flowers have died, i complied to all the planting and soil requirements for the tree, can you please tell me why this has happened and will it recover and also will it cope with strong weather conditions?

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