Malus sylvestris Hedge Plants Description
Malus sylvestris, more commonly known as Crab apple, flowers from March to May with stunning pink buds and white blossom flushed with a tone of pink, that is much sought after by bees. Malus sylvestris can bring your garden to life, adding a summery feel to it. The fruit grown from this plant look like miniature apples with a yellow-green colour tinged with red. Unlike other apples, crab apples are very sour when eaten raw and contain high pectin content, which makes them ideal for jelly making. Crab apples can also be used to make juice when blended with less astringent apple varieties. The best time to pick crab apples is after frost. Malus Sylvestris is the third most mentioned species used for boundary hedging during the Angle Saxon times and supports 90 different species of insect and birds.
Crab apple hedges plants are native (ex-Scotland and Ireland), deciduous, resilient and works best where there's sun or in partial shade. Hedges Direct has a wide range of native hedging available that can be viewed on our website and purchased online.
The prices shown for the crab apple species are the cost per plant. Planting distances are a matter of choice. However, we recommend for bare roots, three plants per square metre are adequate, five is good, and seven in a double staggered row will provide a dense hedge quicker. As a rule of thumb, smaller plants should be planted at higher density. For cell-grown plants, it's advised to plant these shrubs at four per metre in a single row or ideally, six per metre in a staggered row.
Cell grown plants are available all year round. Bare root hedging is only available from november to late April/early May. You can view our full range of hedge plants here or contact Hedges Direct's expert team on 01257 263 873 or email us at [email protected]
Youll see our recommended planting densities for each size and root type listed next to the products below. We suggest that you use these as a guide, taking into consideration how long youre willing to wait to see your finished hedge. As a rough indication bare roots can be planted at anything from 3 to 7 per metre and cell grown between 4 and 6 - the higher densities here would need to be planted in a double staggered row or zig-zag.
For more information on planting distances please see our planting density advice section
. Prices shown are the price per plant unless otherwise stated.
Crab Apple hedge trimming should be done twice a year, once during the cold days of early spring and again in early winter but make sure that the plant has gone dormant and frosts are not due.
is available on all orders providing they meet the minimum spend criteria for the size of box or pallet. Pallet deliveries and large box deliveries for tall plants are indicated by icons on the product table listings. Delivery costs and minimum order details for each packaging type are as follows:
|Packaging Type||Standard Delivery Charge||Minimum Order Values (incl VAT) for FREE Delivery|
|Small Box (Bare Roots up to 1.2m)||£12 delivery charge (orders up to £100 incl VAT) ||Orders of £100 and over - FREE|
|Box (Pots up to and incl. 7.5L)||£12 delivery charge (orders up to £100 incl VAT) ||Orders of £100 and over - FREE|
|Large/Tall Box (Tall bare roots 1.2m +)||£18 delivery charge (orders up to £120 incl VAT)||Orders of £120 and over - FREE|
|Pallet (Root balls, large pots, trees etc)||£60 delivery charge (orders up to £240 incl VAT)||Orders of £240 and over - FREE|
There are some exceptions to the standard delivery pricing structure, which relate to deliveries to more remote areas, overseas, or extremely tall plants requiring specialist delivery - for more information see the Delivery Information Page It's Quick!
- most orders are despatched within 3-5 working days!! (Some trees can be 7-10 days see product pages for info.)Next Day Delivery is Available
- We can offer next day delivery on eligible species and sizes for an additional £12 incl VAT. Call 01257 263 873
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- no need to wait in all day to sign, we don't need a signature (the odd, larger order may require a signature but will be delivered at a mutually agreeable time)It's Tried & Tested
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* Please note that delivery costs are based on the final order amount in your cart after
any discounts have been applied.
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