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Crab Apple 'Maypole Column'

Malus domestica

Hardy Tree

What is Hardy Tree?

Fits into the narrowest spaces!

Large crimson flowers and purple-flushed foliage

Deep maroon fruits

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A unique, columnar crab apple, perfect for growing in the tightest of spaces. Apple 'Maypole Column' is both ornamental and productive, delivering spring and autumn impact plus an abundance of crab apple fruits.  

Crab Apple ‘Maypole Column’ grows as an upright column with few side branches, resulting in a narrow tree only a couple of feet wide. Specimens can be topped at any height up to 3.5m. The result is a tree that fits readily into small spaces such as terraces, patios and courtyards, will happily grow in a pot and tolerates dense plantings.

In spring, Crab Apple ‘Maypole Column’ is covered in large, deep pink flowers followed by small, red-maroon fruit with a purplish flush. Leaves emerge reddish before maturing to green with plum tints, providing foliage interest even when not in flower. Its blossom is highly attractive to beneficial insects and ‘Maypole Column’ is an excellent pollinator of other apple varieties.

The fruit is ready to harvest in September and has red-stained flesh that is juicy and firm with a tart flavour. It makes excellent crab apple jelly and sauces. It can also be blended into cider to add sweetness and colour. Height: 3.5m (11.5ft). Spread: 60cm (24in).

Pollination group: B. Crab Apple ‘Maypole’ is partially self-fertile and requires a pollination partner to set fruit successfully.

 

Height Up to 3.5m (11.5ft)
Spread Up to 60cm (24in)

Hardy Tree

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1 x 18cm Potted Plant (KF7111)

Plant crab apple trees in a sheltered, sunny position in any fertile, well drained soil. Prior to planting, incorporate plenty of well rotted manure or garden compost into the planting hole and drive the stake into the ground to support the tree. Staking after planting may result in damage to the root ball. Plant fruit trees at their original soil level and firm them into the ground. Fasten the tree to the stake using a tree tie, and water well. Crab Apple 'Maypole Column' requires a well sheltered position to prevent damage to fruit buds from wind and cold as side branches may develop when buds are damaged.
Fruit trees do not suffer weed competition well. Keep weeds and grass clear from within a 30cm radius of base of the tree. In spring, while the ground is moist, apply a mulch of well rotted manure or garden compost around the base of the tree, taking care not to mound it up against the stem. This will help to retain moisture throughout the summer. Feed and water crab apple trees during particularly dry periods. Crab apples require only minimal pruning in late winter or spring, to remove damaged, diseased or misplaced growth. Crab apple fruits can be harvested from autumn onwards to make delicious crab apple jelly.

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