Crab Apple Hedge Plants Description
Crab Apples flower from March to May with pink buds and white blossom flushed with pink much sought after by bees. The fruit looks like miniature apples and is yellow/green tinged with red. Although very sour when raw, the crab apples have a high pectin content which makes them ideal for jelly making - or apple juice when blended with less astringent apple varieties. Pick after frost. Crab Apple is the 3rd most mentioned species used for boundary hedging in Angle Saxon times and it supports 90 different species of insect and birds.
It is native (ex Scotland and Ireland), deciduous, hardy and does best in sun or partial shade - view our wide range of native hedging
. It will tolerate dry and exposed sites and can be "hedged" or allowed to grow as a tree.
Prices shown are the price per plant. Planting distances are very much a matter of choice - for bare roots, 3 plants per metre is adequate, 5 is good, 7 in a double staggered row will give a dense hedge quicker. Generally, smaller plants should be planted at higher density. Cell grown should be planted at 4 per metre in a single row or ideally 6 per metre in a staggered row.
Cell grown plants are available all year round. Bare roots are only available from november to late April/early May.
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.
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