Crab Apple trees are regularly recommended as suitable trees for small gardens. They provide interest in different seasons of the year and do not grow too big. I especially like the way the fruit persists on the trees well into winter. Malus x robusta ‘Red Sentinel’ is particularly eye-catching in December. Its brilliant red fruit strikes a strong contrast against bare, winter branches. Nature dresses it simply for Christmas without a hint of tinsel in sight.
While you could harvest the fruit to turn into Crab Apple jelly, winter birds will really appreciate it if you leave the fruit on the tree. Crab Apples are also a host for another popular Advent Plant: Mistletoe, Viscum album.
Gallery of Seasonal Images
Gallery of images demonstrating the appeal of other Crab Apple Hybrids in different seasons:
All above photos © Karen Andrews
Previous Advent Botany Blog on Mistletoe
References and Further Reading
Woodland Trust (2021): Crab Apple (includes video: A Year in the Life of a Crab Apple)
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