Standard Malus 'John Downie' 30l Pot 8/10 Girth
Malus 'John Downie' is a heavy-fruiting tree which produces distinctive scarlet orange fruits, which remain throughout autumn and into winter. As with all crab apples, 'John Downie' is very popular with bees, and thus will bring more pollinators into your garden, which is a blessing if you have other apple trees.
'John Downie' 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.
As a five year old tree, this crab apple already has a good root base established. However, the tree will require some attention for the first year as it recovers from the transplant shock, so regular watering is advised. Strong growth will resume after this period, and you should see your tree edging towards full maturity over the next 3-5 years.
We deliver straight to you door, which is just as well because this huge tree wouldn't fit in most vans, let alone the average family car. And the best thing about this is, we only charge £4.99 for delivery, and you'll have your tree within 2-3 working days of ordering - no one else on the web offers a service like this for trees of this size!
See alternative John Downie trees below:
- Arrives as: 30l Pot
- Approx. Height on Arrival: 170-220cm
- Girth Of Main Stem: 9-10cm
- Tree is approx 5 years old
- Flower Colour: White
- Foliage Colour: Green
- Approx. Growth Height: 4-5m
- Flowering Period: Summer
- 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/ partial shade
- Soil Requirements: Neutral, clay, loam, sand
- Moisture: Moist, well-drained, moderately fertile
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.
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.