Common Crab Apple

Malus sylvestris

The native crab apple is a small spreading tree often with a dense crown and large twisted branches, the latter can be quite spiny. Delicate white flowers provide an autumn crop of crab apples and although the fruit is bitter it can be made into jelly, jam and wine. Crab apple is also an excellent food source for birds.

Crab apple can take cutting back very well and is an interesting component that can be included in traditional hedgerows. The trees are also grown for woodfuel as the timber burns very well.

Native throughout the British Isles, crab apple trees can grow to 30ft (9m).