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Crab Apple MALUS HARRY BAKER

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Size / Height
Price
Quantity
 
15L pot size / 1.75-2.75m
£60.00

All prices include VAT

All prices include VAT

All prices include VAT

All prices include VAT

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Product description

MALUS HARRY BAKER – Crab Apple

Characteristics

This Crab Apple has exceptionally large pink flowers, dark green-maroon leaves followed by ruby red fruit 1½ inches (4cm) in diameter with a deep pink flesh lasting into mid-October.

Where to grow

Crab Apples grow best in fertile, moist, deep, loamy soils.  They will do best with a little protection from exposure and wind if they are to flower and fruit well, as they depend upon insect pollination.  They will not tolerate very wet or waterlogged soils.  If the ground is stony or nutrient poor, add some compost to the backfill when planting.

Did you know?

This variety is named after horticulturist Harry Baker who was the head of the Fruit Section at RHS Wisley in the 1980's.

 

 

Features

Mature height
Small - 5-10 metres
Spread
0-5 metres
Shape / habit
Round Headed
Growth rate
Medium
Soil type
Chalk/Limestone
Light sandy
Sun levels
Full sun
Difficulty / hard to grow
Medium
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Autumn
Spring
Autumn colour
Orange
Leaf
Purple/Red
Foliage
Small leaves
Flower colour
Pink
Flowering type
Single
Flowering month
April
May
Uses
Garden Tree
Small garden Tree
City/Urban Sites
Bird Food
Bee Friendly
Flower Arranging

Features

Mature height
Small - 5-10 metres
Spread
0-5 metres
Shape / habit
Round Headed
Growth rate
Medium
Soil type
Chalk/Limestone
Light sandy
Sun levels
Full sun
Difficulty / hard to grow
Medium
Evergreen / Deciduous
Deciduous
Season of interest
Autumn
Spring
Autumn colour
Orange
Leaf
Purple/Red
Foliage
Small leaves
Flower colour
Pink
Flowering type
Single
Flowering month
April
May
Uses
Garden Tree
Small garden Tree
City/Urban Sites
Bird Food
Bee Friendly
Flower Arranging

Aftercare

For the continued healthy growth of your trees, shrubs or hedging it is vital that you follow the advice below.

Watering

The main reason that plants die within 12 months of having been planted is lack of water.  It is essential throughout the spring and summer, to give a heavy enough watering to enable the water to penetrate right down to the deepest root level of the tree.  In hot dry spells give the equivalent of 2 bucketfuls every three days.

Weed Control

One of the most common causes of lack of water is competition from grass.  When trees are first establishing, the grass roots would be at the same level as the tree roots and are far more efficient at taking up water and thus choke the tree.  It is vital for 3 years after planting that your tree or hedge has a circle or strip one  metre wide completely free of grass.  The way to eliminate grass in order of effectiveness is:

  1. Spray off the grass with a glyphosate based weed killer such as Roundup.  Apply each year for the first 3 years.  It is best applied when the tree is dormant as it is absorbed through green leaves and kills the plant off at the roots.
  2. Firmly fit a mulch mat around the base of the tree by tucking the edges into the soil and put a thick layer of bark mulch on top of this.  This can be done after the initial spraying with glyphosate and should avoid the need for further spraying.

Mowing or strimming is NOT an answer to the problem.  Each time you mow, the grass will grow back more vigorously and strimming invariably leads to lacerated trunks.

Staking

If trees are not correctly secured they will rock in the planting pit. Roots not firmly in contact with the soil are unable to take up moisture and nutrients, resulting in die back or death of the tree.  Check, particularly after windy weather, that stakes are still solidly in the ground keeping the base of the trunk firm.  The purpose of the stakes is to anchor the roots.   Flexing in the wind, higher up the trunk, is not necessarily a problem if the roots are firm.

Bellow is list of the correct system to use to secure your trees.

  • 40/60, 60/80, 80/100 whips - Unless rabbit/deer problem no need to stake.
  • 100/125, 125/150  1.2m Cane and Easi tie.
  • 150/175  1.2m square stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • 175/250, 6/8, 8/10 15L 1.65 Tree stake and a buckle tie and spacer.
  • All larger trees. 2 x 1.65 Tree stake and cross rail with 38mm cushion spacer and 1m of 38mm strapping.

Ties

Always use our recommended tree ties or strapping.  These are designed and manufactured with the correct amount of give to hold the tree firm without strangling it. They should be checked at the end of each growing season for adjustment as the trunk thickens.  Non proprietary materials such as baler twine will cut into the bark and should not be used.

Protection from Animal Damage

Rabbits, deer, sheep, cattle and horses can all potentially damage trees.  Ask us for advice on the most appropriate guards for your trees or hedge.  Squirrels are also a terrible pest when trees get to about 20ft tall but there is no protection available.


Comments

By Annie Rouse on 23/10/2013

can you use Harry Baker crab apple for jelly making ?

By Simon Scarth on 25/10/2013

Hello Annie,

Yes the large pink fleshed fruit is considered to be one of the best for making crab apple jelly.

By Jane Paterson on 31/03/2014

I’ve recently moved to an area with clay soil and damp conditions.  My tree was bought with a gift voucher from my curling club in Glasgow whose colours are pink! 
Advice please - would it be better planted in a large container where I can customise the soil.  At the moment it’s still in it’s container.
many thanks

By Simon on 16/04/2014

I would always advise to put trees in the ground as keeping them in pots is a lot of work and they never thank you for it.

The best thing to do would be to plant in in a spot that does not sit wet and improve the soil with some good quality compost prior to planting.

I hope this information is helpful.

Simon

By Ian Tugwell on 07/11/2015

I planted a Harry Baker about six year ago, it has produced good fruit for the past three years.  Last spring my sheep broke into the orchard and stripped the bark off all the dozen or so trees, including my one Harry B.  Nonetheless I still got about 20.kg of the dark red fruit. Most of which went into 2cwt of other varieties for juicing; which balanced the sweetness and produced a delightful blush to the juice.  Most is in the freezer but two demijohns are currently bubbling away for cider next summer.  This afternoon another 4.kg of my Harry Bs were made into crabapple jelly. Assuming I keep the sheep under control, I look forward to the 2016 crop.

By Simon on 09/11/2015

Hello Ian,

Very pleased to hear that your Harry B survived the sheep! The fruit on this tree are a fantastic size and colour, really glad to know you are making use of them. Enjoy the cider and jelly!

By Paul Sawyer on 23/02/2019

Hi, is the malus Harry Baker a good tree for attracting birds and insects. Many thanks. Paul.

By Simon on 26/02/2019

Hello Paul,

The Harry baker has large fruits that birds will eat but only after many other things in the garden. But because of this they are often enjoyed by insects.

By Sally Collins on 21/04/2020

I want to plant a Malus Harry Baker Crab Apple Tree in our newly dug front garden.  Is it ok to buy and plant now or wait until the Autumn? Also was wondering how the tree travels in transit?

By Simon on 21/04/2020

Hello Sally,

As a container grown tree these can be planted throughout the year, and are better planted when you get the tree rather than kept in a pot.
We deliver ourselves rather than with couriers to ensure the tree arrives in the best condition possible. You can find our delivery charges and prices here: https://www.chewvalleytrees.co.uk/about/delivery

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