Malus or Crab Apple are small to medium sized deciduous trees which are suitable for small gardens and are a very popular ornamental tree. They flower in April and May producing stunning pink and white blossom. Many varieties also bear attractive, edible fruits during the Autumn months. It is important to read up about fruits before picking them to make sure they are safe to eat. Crab Apple trees thrive in moist but well drained soil and enjoy full sunlight. These trees do not need regular pruning but dead or diseased branches should be removed in late Winter or early Spring using a sharp pruning saw. If planting trees staking is often needed, but it should be no higher than 60cm (2ft) above the ground. Tree Staking advice
The timber from Crab Apple trees has a uniform texture and is perfect for woodworking if dried slowly. The fruits are excellent for making crab apple jelly and are even used for making wine. Traditional folklore tales mention that Malus trees also have romantic properties and can determine if a love is true. Throw the apple seeds into a fire whilst saying the name of you love, if they explode the love will last.