Malus sylvestris

  • Other common names crab apple
    European apple
    wild crab
  • Family Rosaceae
  • Genus Malus are small to medium-sized deciduous trees with showy flowers in spring and ornamental or edible fruit in autumn; some have good autumn foliage colour
  • Details M. sylvestris is a small, rounded tree with ovate leaves and clusters of pink-tinged white flowers to 5cm across in late spring, followed by yellow-green, sometimes red-flushed fruits 2-3cm across
  • Plant range C Europe


How to grow

Cultivation Grow in moderately fertile soil; will tolerate partial shade. Ideal specimen trees for small gardens

Propagation Propagate by seed sown in a seedbed in autumn or by chip budding in late summer. Grafting can be carried out in midwinter

Suggested planting locations and garden types Low Maintenance Wildflower meadow Wildlife Gardens

How to care

Pruning Pruning group 1

Pests Aphids, woolly aphid, fruit tree red spider mite and caterpillars may be a problem

Diseases Susceptible to apple scab, honey fungus, apple canker, fireblight, blossom wilt and powdery mildews