Malus - Crab-Apples

 I think this is Jack Humm.
Malus Blossom - Jack Humm?

The Crab-Apple (or Malus) trees in my garden are doing it again - blossoming beautifully in spring. And it wasn't so long ago that their fruits were brightening up the mid-winter months. What hard working little specimen trees they are!

Well-Behaved, Modest...

I like a well-behaved, modest tree - one that takes up its position with pride, doesn't grumble, and doesn't ruin the ground below or grow into a giant shade monster. I also like trees which give me more than one season of beauty, and the Malus trees I've planted throughout the garden certainly do that.

My original Crab-Apple tree, which I can see from the house (a delight in winter when the blackbirds are busy) is very likely the variety Jack Humm. He's a strong little specimen, with shiny red fruit and the sweetest pinky-white spring blossom.

 I've put the girls together!
Crab-Apples Charlotte and Barbara Anne

Then I grow a labelled variety called Charlotte, with yellow apples and the most beautiful late blossom. Charlotte spreads herself out somewhat - in fact, her branches, apples, and blossom are all on a larger and sparser scale than expected. I'm not sure if she's a New Zealand bred variety, or a common garden species.

Deep cherry-pink blossom is a gorgeous foil in mid-spring for my yellow daffodils. There's a weeping cherry-pink Malus in Middle Garden which flowers when the green Gunnera leaves underneath are freshly unfurling.

 One of the spring features in my garden.
Weeping Pink Malus

Ballerina Malus Trees

It's a beautiful pairing of colour and texture, and quite accidental - though I'd like to claim otherwise. And I did buy the tree and plant it there, so I could see it from the back lawn. If I remember correctly the name of this variety was'Ballerina'. Hope so!

Down the Driveway I grow an upright Malus with similar flower colour, and a third little specimen, called 'Barbara Anne', is newly planted in the shrubby garden behind the pond. These flower blossoms are a really warm plum colour - so much less sugary than my Prunus pinks.

Thanks very much to my Crab-Apple trees for being so interesting and uncomplicated. I'm sure I've got room for more of you...


Webwise I've had to pop my Crab-Apple trees into the shrubs section. I'm sure they won't mind. And I mustn't forget crab-apple jelly! Yum...