Malus John Downie - Crab Apple Tree



Catalogue Code: 1150-1180

Sale price

Order Now - Delivery from mid November

Regular price £21.99
Malus John Downie. Ornamental spring flowering crab apple tree with pale pink spring blossom, autumn fruit and good autumn colour. An ideal tree for a small garden. Pollinator partner to other apples and attracts bees and birds.

Key Features

  • Loved by pollinators
  • Prefers full sun

Pack Contents: 1x Bare Root Tree

Height: Fully Grown: 12m/40ft


Malus John Downie is one of the best known of the crab apple trees. The trees burst into bloom in May and each branch is smothered with masses of white flowers that open from pink buds.

Its distinctive red and yellow egg-shaped fruits are rich in pectin and they are excellent for making crab apple jellies. The fruits are borne in large numbers so there will be more than enough for the birds too! This fast growing crab apple tree is attractive all year, it has superb orange and gold autumn colour before the leaves fall.

Crab apple trees belong to the malus family, and because of its long flowering period Malus John Downie is one of the best pollinators for domestic apple trees (Malus domestica).

Malus John Downie is tolerant of pollution and happy in most soil types including clay. Crab apple trees will thrive in city gardens; just plant the trees in a sunny position to encourage the best display of blossom.

If it is not possible to plant because soil is waterlogged or frozen keep the trees somewhere frost free and airy. Keep the roots just moist by storing them in damp compost or if outside conditions allow, heel the trees in to a patch of bare ground until you’re ready to plant them into their permanent positions.

Rootstock: MM106

Flowering Group: Self-Fertile

Years until fruiting from planting: 2-4

Age of tree at despatch: 2

Height at full growth: 12m/40ft

Most of our trees are delivered as bare rooted specimens with approximate height of: 3.5ft - 5ft / 105cm - 140cm depending on the variety.

In order to ensure a good pollination pick fruit trees from within the same or from adjacent flowering groups.

The vast majority of the trees we ship have been pruned and will appear trimmed.

Growing Calendar

J Jan F Feb M Mar A Apr M May J June J Jul A Aug S Sep O Oct N Nov D Dec
Plant Outdoors

How to Guide


Our products are all grown with the utmost care and to high standards of quality. We regularly check our nursery stock to determine exactly when they will be at the optimum time for despatch.


We despatch our fresh, nursery-grown live plants (including vegetables, trees and flowers) when they are at a stage of growth ready for you, the customer, to plant on at home.


The delivery period shown on your order confirmation indicates when you can expect to receive your order and we will endeavour to despatch your plants in this period within 7-14 days.


Please note – due to increased courier costs beyond our control, delivery charges to all non-UK Mainland addresses including Scottish Highlands & Islands may be subject to a postage surcharge.


Please call our Customer Service Team on 0344 573 8400 for further information.