Crab Apple Tree ‘Butterball’
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Crab Apple Tree ‘Butterball’

Butter-yellow crab apples from your garden
  • A beautiful ornamental tree with pale pink-flushed white flowers in spring and butter-yellow crab apples in autumn.
  • Doesn’t need a pollinating partner to produce a crop.
  • The blossom will attract pollinating insects into your garden, while the crab apples will keep the birds fed in winter - or use the fruits yourself for fabulous jellies.
  • Height and spread after 10 years 4m x 4m.
  • Supplied as a bare-root tree, 1.2m tall.

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Crab Apple 'Butterball' is a small, spreading crab apple tree which produces an abundance of blossom in spring, followed by yellow-gold fruit with a subtle red flush in the autumn.

In spring, the grey-green leaves of this crab apple tree break their winter dormancy and are complimented by pink flower buds which open to white flowers flushed with pink, creating a gorgeous spectacle. Following this, 2 – 3cm wide, butter-yellow fruits are produced in abundance adding seasonal interest into the winter.

Low maintenance and undemanding, while some varieties of crab apple will need a pollinating partner, ‘Butterball’ will produce a crop even if planted on its own.

A great tree to encourage wildlife into your garden as pollinators will love the abundant spring blossom, while birds will be attracted by the plentiful fruits in autumn.

Growing to around 4m after 10 years, ‘Butterball’ is a good crab apple for smaller gardens, and its branches take on an attractive, slightly drooping habit, weeping further with the weight of its autumn bounty. A light clip is all that is needed to keep it looking smart should you feel the need.

Supplied as a bare-root tree, it has a compact habit, growing to approx. 4m (13ft) in 10 years. Fully winter hardy too.

What Is Supplied

Item 300107 supplied as:
1.2m tall bare root

Plant Care Information

RHS Garden Merit
RHS Garden Merit
Perfect In Pots
Perfect In Pots
Plant In Sunshine
Plant In Sunshine
Winter Hardy
Winter Hardy
Edible
Edible
Easy To Grow
Easy To Grow
Wildlife Friendly
Wildlife Friendly

Top Tips

Plant as a specimen tree, in a sheltered position for outstanding results. Add Rootgrow Mycorrhizal Fungi to give your plants a head start and establish faster.

Care Information

Full sun or partial shade, prune lightly in summer.

Planting/Flowering Calendar

Best Time To Plant
When Your Plant Will Flower
When Your Plant Will Fruit
Jan Feb Mar Apr May Jun Jul Aug Sep Oct Nov Dec

Fully Grown Plant Dimensions (approx)

Plant Dimensions
400 cm
400 cm
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