Malus coronaria Charlottae crabapple trees are also known as the Garland or Sweet crabapple. It is unique in that its flowers and fruit smell distinctly, though not overpoweringly, of violets. This scent gives the tree its common name of Sweet Crabapple: the uncooked fruit themselves are as hard and sour tasting as any other.
Malus coronaria Charlottae trees can reach a height of about 7-9 metres. Standard trees are the largest size that we deliver; you can also buy wild crabapple saplings here.
How Standard Trees are Measured:
All the plants in the ornamental trees section are graded as standards, which means that they are measured by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level (basically, their trunk's waist measurement). They aren't measured by their height, which will vary. So, a 6/8 standard has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8 centimetres and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10 centimetres around. This measurement makes no difference to the tree's final height.
Standard trees are 2 - 3.5 metres tall (on average) when they arrive; they are the most mature trees that you can buy from us. We cannot tell you precisely how tall your standard trees will be before we deliver them.
General description of Malus coronaria Charlottae trees:
Charlottae's flowers appear in late May and are plentiful, large and pink. The leaves have a sumptuous autumn colour, with fiery reds and oranges; one of the most outstanding displays of any crab apple.
The green fruit ripen from October and tend to fall easily from the branches, which is handy as they good to cook with. You can hang a net around the tree to make collecting them easier, but bruised fruit are still fine to use. However, Charlottae needs a hot summer to fruit well.
Like any crab apple, Malus coronaria Charlottae isn't very fussy about soil types and will do well in heavy clay, as long as it has adequate drainage. It will grow just fine in a shady spot but you will get fewer flowers and fruit.
Crabapple trees make effective pollinators for orchard apple trees.
History & uses of Malus coronaria Charlottae
This tree's parent comes from North America and was first brought to Britain in 1724. This particular variety was discovered by chance in 1902, in Illinois. The colourful wood is pink red in the middle, fading to yellow at the edges and it is quite soft and easy to carve into decorative objects.