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AGM plants have been through a rigorous trial and assessment programme. They are:
This plant will provide nectar and pollen for bees and the many other types of pollinating insects.
It is included in an evolving list of plants carefully researched and chosen by RHS experts. Divided into 3 groups these lists, linked below, are maintained by a team of RHS staff and are reviewed annually.
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Other common names
crab apple 'Butterball'
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
''Butterball' is a small, spreading crab apple tree with slightly drooping branches. In spring the foliage opens grey-green, and pink buds open to white flowers flushed with pink. The fruit is 2-3cm across, yellow-orange with a red flush
Habit Spreading / Branched
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect North-facing or East-facing or South-facing or West-facing
Exposure Sheltered or Exposed
MoistureWell-drained, Moist but well-drained
SoilLoam, Clay, Sand, Chalk
pHAcid, Neutral, Alkaline
Time to ultimate height
Grow in moderately fertile soil in a sunny position
Propagate by chip budding in late summer. Grafting can be carried out in midwinter
Suggested planting locations and garden types
City & Courtyard Gardens Cottage & Informal Garden Wildlife Gardens Patio & Container Plants
Pruning Pruning group 1
Pests Aphids, woolly aphid, fruit tree red spider mite and caterpillars may be a problem
May be affected by apple scab, apple canker, powdery mildews and honey fungus
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