John Downie Crab Apple, Large Trees

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Misc Edible Fruit / Nuts, Pollinator, Wildlife Value
Shade Full Sun, Partial Shade
Area Coastal Areas, Exposed Windy Areas, Frost Pockets, Scotland & The North
Soil Good, Well Drained, Acidic, Alkaline/Chalky, Poor/Dry
Type Screening
Also Good Autumn Colour, Berries
Flowering May

Malus John Downie (Standard)

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SIZES 1-2 3-910+
8/10cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Out of Stock - Unavailable this year £83.30Out of Stock - Unavailable this year£79.15Out of Stock - Unavailable this year£74.95
Half Standard. Bareroot Out of Stock - Unavailable this year £45.80Out of Stock - Unavailable this year£41.65Out of Stock - Unavailable this year£39.15
6/8cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Out of Stock - Unavailable this year £58.30Out of Stock - Unavailable this year£54.15Out of Stock - Unavailable this year£49.95
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John Downie crab apple trees are attractive and make heavy crops of some of the best crab apples for use in the kitchen. They are commonly planted in orchards and their narrow canopy makes them a great specimen tree for a small garden. It has abundant white blossom in mid-late spring and good red-gold autumn colour. The long, conical, bright red-orange fruit are some of the prettiest of any crab apple. They don't remain for long on the branches when ripe, which is fine because they make great crab apple jelly or apple sauce, and can be blended into a cider brew.

Vigorous yet naturally tidy, it can reach a height of about 6-8 metres. Half standards will reach approximately 4 metres.

Browse our variety of crab apple trees, or our range of ornamental garden trees.

Delivery season: Crab apple trees are delivered bareroot during late autumn and winter, approximately November-March inclusive.
Choosing a size: Small trees are cheaper, easier to handle and more forgiving of less than ideal aftercare, so they are best for a big planting project. If instant impact is your priority, or if you are only buying a few plants for use in a place where it is convenient to water them well in their first year, then you may as well use bigger ones. All our bareroot trees are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).


  • Height: 6-8m
  • Soil: Any well drained
  • Use: Specimen, edible fruit, small garden, urban
  • Colour: White blossom in late April-May. Bright red-orange fruit
  • Excellent fruit for cooking
  • Great orchard pollinator
  • Bareroot delivery only: November-March

Growing John Downie Crab Apples

Any well drained soil. Suitable for large containers designed for trees. Full sun or partial shade. Tolerant of pollution.

Moderately susceptible to scab.

It is one of the best pollinators for apple orchards, along with Golden Hornet.

Tip for harvesting: The ripe fruit drop easily from the tree, so as soon as you see one fall, put a tarp on the ground and shake the tree.

Did You Know?

This tree was bred in the 1870's by Edward Holmes in Lichfield and named after his friend, a Scottish nurseryman who worked at Handsworth Nurseries in Sheffield.

Standard trees are measured by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level: their trunk's waist measurement. Unlike sapling trees and hedge plants, standards aren't measured by their height, which will vary quite a bit both between and within species.
So, a 6/8cm standard tree has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8cm and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10cm around. This measurement makes no difference to the tree's final height.
On average, standard trees are 2-3.5 metres tall when they arrive, but we cannot tell you precisely how tall your trees will be before we deliver them.

  • Small Box

    Small box

    (Orders containing only seedlings or rooted cuttings)


    including VAT per order


    For ORDERS
    Over £60 inc VAT

  • Standard box

    (Bareroots up to
    1.2m & plants in p9 pots)


    including VAT per order


    For ORDERS
    Over £60 inc VAT

  • Large box

    (Pots up to
    and incl. 7.5L)


    including VAT per order


    For ORDERS
    Over £100 inc VAT

  • Trees & Hedging

    (Bareroot plants and trees
    over 1.2 metres in height)


    including VAT per order


    For ORDERS
    Over £120 inc VAT

  • Pallets

    (Root balls, large pots,
    trees etc)


    including VAT per order


    For ORDERS
    Over £240 inc VAT

  • *Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.

Bareroot planting is best done between November and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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