Phil Gouy, owner of One Green World, a nursery in Portland, Oregon, says crab apple
trees, and especially the 'Dolgo,' offer a great deal to backyard growers.
SEVEN DAYS @SUN DAYMAILWIDE A-PEEL Crab apple
'Profusion' beautiful flowers, foliage and fruit
trees like this Malus 'Comtesse de Paris' are both beautiful and abundant
After our crab apple
tree was girdled by rodents, I decided to try to figure out a technique that would protect saplings from rodent damage, even if a protective fence sagged, a spiral of the plastic trunk wrap fell off or a vole got trapped inside a tree tube.
Trees with fruit or berries to attract birds and animals are good choices, like hawthorn or crab apple
. Heritage fruit trees such as quince, medlar or mulberry might also suit, or maybe a tree with an interesting story.
Lidgate's Beef Bourguignon Pie and Terre et Terre's Sussex Crab Apple
and Calvados Jelly.
My first garden belonged to the house of my birth, with blood-red roses, flowering crab apple
, honeysuckle that vined up the side of the garage near a hammock, making it easy to rock and suck drops of sweet, scented nectar from yellow blossoms.
Asparagus Way, Vine Street, Chestnut Close and Crab Apple
Way are just some of the names already on offer in Evesham, Worcestershire.
National Arboretum's cultivar collection, including varieties of red maple, crape myrtle, crab apple
, flowering cherry, and elm.
Try these too: Spirea, flowering cherry and plum, witch hazel, pussy willow, flowering crab apple
, winter jasmine and flowering quince.
William Saunders imported seed of the Siberian Crab Apple
(Malus baccata) from Russia and began a project to develop crab apples
for the Prairies.