Malus 'Butterball' (Butterball Crab Apple) - Bare Root

Code: TR0153BR
Malus 'Butterball' (Butterball Crab Apple) - Bare RootMalus 'Butterball' (Butterball Crab Apple) - Bare RootMalus 'Butterball' (Butterball Crab Apple) - Bare RootMalus 'Butterball' (Butterball Crab Apple) - Bare RootMalus 'Butterball' (Butterball Crab Apple) - Bare Root
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Malus 'Butterball' (Butterball Crab Apple) - Bare RootMalus 'Butterball' (Butterball Crab Apple) - Bare RootMalus 'Butterball' (Butterball Crab Apple) - Bare RootMalus 'Butterball' (Butterball Crab Apple) - Bare RootMalus 'Butterball' (Butterball Crab Apple) - Bare Root
Malus 'Butterball' is a heavy-fruiting tree which produces distinctive golden yellow fruits, which remain through autumn and into winter. As with all crab apples, 'Butterball' is very popular with bees, and thus will bring more pollinators into your garden, which is a blessing if you have other apple trees. 'Butterball' is especially good as a pollinator for all apple trees, and flowers throughout the pollination season, which gives it more chance to pollinate other trees. The fruits of this tree can sometimes be eaten fresh, although they can be sour. They are better stewed and used as jams, as they have high levels of pectin, which helps with the setting of jam.

Characteristics

  • Flower Colour: pink-flushed white
  • Foliage Colour: green in summer, orange/yellow in autumn
  • Approx. Growth Height: 4-4.5m (13-15ft) x 4.5m (15ft), less on light soils
  • Comes as 'Bare Root'
  • Approx. Height on Arrival: 130-150cm
  • Tree is approx. 3 years old with a 1 year old rootstock
  • Flowering Period: spring (April - May)
  • Harvesting Period: November
  • Tolerance: frost tolerant, fairly drought tolerant once established
  • Growing Habit: bushy
  • Uses: cooking, jams
  • Self pollinating: yes - (see 'Pollination' section below)
  • Hardiness: fully hardy
  • Exposure: sheltered, exposed
  • Rate of Growth: max. height in 5-10 years
  • Scented: barely
  • Wildlife friendly - attracts bees and other pollinating insects

Requirements

  • Light Requirements: full sun, partial shade
  • Soil Requirements: clay, loamy, sandy
  • Moisture: moist, well-drained, moderately fertile

Q:Does Height Really Matter?

A: Not As Much As You Might Think...
One stand out specification that customers often use to judge the value of a tree is the height. So should height directly correlate with the price of a tree? No, not necessarily.
To an extent the height of a tree can give you a good indication of its maturity but you must not forget: To grow a productive, well shaped, healthy tree you must prune it back regularly, especially when young.
Our trees often grow up to 2m in the fields before we prune them back and package them ready to send out. This pruning encourages the tree to grow more, stronger branches and ensures there is a good balance between the root size and top growth. This ensures that your tree puts energy into establishing a healthy root base instead of supporting top growth, providing a better foundation for your tree in the future.
So, in summary: Don’t let the extra 10/20cm you may find elsewhere sway you. You are likely to be paying extra for the delivery costs and, if you want a healthy tree in the long run, you’re going to have to chop it off anyway!

Caring and Maintenance

Water young trees regularly until roots are well established. Trim annually from mid to late summer. Apply some fertilizer in spring in order to promote healthy growth and a good crop. Optionally, mulch in spring. Check tree ties regularly and loosen any if necessary to avoid rubbing of the stems.

Planting

  • Planting Distance: 4.5m (15ft) apart with 6m (20ft) between rows

Suited to almost all well-drained and moderately fertile soils with pH between 4.5 and 7.8 in a sheltered, full sun or partial shade location.
Before planting your tree, clean up all wandering weeds and keep a clean ring around the tree base. Water well during the first year until well established.

Autumn is the best season for planting fruiting trees, as the soil moisture and heat allow easier and faster root establishment and regeneration of damaged root systems.

Pollination

  • Pollination Group: 3 (self-pollinating)
Crab apple trees are primarily used as ornamental tress and the vast majority, this tree included, are self-fertile. This means that it will produce fruit without another apple tree nearby. However, they do have a secondary use, as they can pollinate other apple trees which are not self-fertile. The general consensus is that the two trees should be within 18m (55ft) of each other. Use the pollination groups as a guide to pick a crab apple tree that will pollinate other dessert/cooking apple trees.

The pollination groups are numbered 1, 2, 3, 4, 5 or 6, according to flowering time. Best results will be obtained if the tree is planted near another apple tree of the same group, or from a group on either side (so an ideal pollination partner for group 3 would be one in group 2, 3 or 4).

Crab Apple Benefits

Crab apple trees are usually grown as ornamental trees. They have stunning large blossoms in spring, foliage that goes from green to golden red/brown, and attractive small fruits in autumn. Bees will be drawn to the blossom, whilst birds will flock to the tree in autumn to feast on its fruits. We are slightly fussier than birds though and as such crab apples are very rarely eaten raw. This is due to their unpalatable sour taste and small size. However they can be used to create a delicious crab apple jelly.

Optional Extras
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This is an example of our polypot - note the fruit/ornamental trees we stock will vary in appearance according to species and season.
 

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