Through the autumn Crab apples colour up well. The picture is of Gorgeous which ripens up with round bright red fruits in October. We grow other varieties all a little different.
Butterball its name reflects its colour with a red cheek where exposed to the sun John Downie is the most well known crab apple with its large oval red/orange apples. Harry Baker produces large dark purple apples with purple flesh. The latest to ripen the we grow is Red Sentinel which comes at its best into November as the tree loses its leaves leaving a mass of bright red fruits that can be retained well into the New Year.
All Crab apples come into fruit very quickly. As their framework develops the branches will be brought down with the weight of the fruit, which helps keep the trees compact. Ideal for gardens and orchards where the trees are good pollinators.