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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 European apple
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
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
All ratings refer to the UK growing conditions unless otherwise stated. Minimum temperature ranges (in degrees C) are shown in brackets
Aspect South-facing or North-facing or West-facing or East-facing
Exposure Exposed or Sheltered
MoistureMoist but well-drained
SoilChalk, Clay, Sand, Loam
pHAcid, Alkaline, Neutral
Time to ultimate height
Grow in moderately fertile soil; will tolerate partial shade. Ideal specimen trees for small gardens
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
Wildflower meadow Wildlife Gardens
Pruning Pruning group 1
Pests Aphids, woolly aphid, fruit tree red spider mite and caterpillars may be a problem
Susceptible to apple scab, honey fungus, apple canker, fireblight, blossom wilt and powdery mildews
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