Malus x moerlandsii 'Liset' (Liset Crab Apple) - 9L Pot
Malus 'Liset' is a fantastic ornamental tree with deep purple foliage and clusters of small, red jewel-like fruit which hangs on into winter. In Spring time ‘Liset’ also produces a beautiful bloom of rich pink flowers. As with all crab apples, 'Liset’ is very popular with bees and will be sure to bring more pollinators into your garden. Crab-apples can cross-pollinate any other variety of apple as long as they're in a similar pollination group. The fruit are fantastic stewed and used as jams, as they have high levels of pectin, which helps with the setting of jam. If you won't eat the fruit though, birds certainly will in the harsh winter months!
- Flower Colour: red
- Foliage Colour: distinctive red tint in summer/bronze in autumn
- Approx. Growth Height: 4m - 4.5m x 4.5m
- Comes in a: 9L polypot (not a rigid pot)
- Approx. Height on Arrival: 130-150cm
- Tree is approx 2 years old with a 4 year old rootstock
- Flowering Period: spring
- Tolerance: frost tolerant, fairly drought tolerant once established
- Growing Habit: bushy
- Hardiness: fully hardy
- Exposure: exposed, sheltered
- Rate of Growth: fast
- Scented: barely
- Wildlife friendly - attracts bees and other pollinating insects
- Light Requirements: full sun
- Soil Requirements: chalk, clay, loam, sand
- 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 Distance: 4.5m apart with 6m between rows
Suited to almost all, well-drained and moderately fertile soils with pH between 6.5 and 7.5 in an exposed or sheltered location in full sun.
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 trees, as the soil moisture and heat allow easier and faster root establishment and regeneration of damaged root systems.
- Pollination Group: Group 2 - 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 2 would be one in group 1, 2 or 3).
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.
This is an example of our polypot - note the fruit/ornamental trees we stock will vary in appearance according to species and season.