White Star Crab Apple Tree Click the link for Cheaper Bare Root White Star crab apple trees
White Star (malus 'White Star') creates a splendid display of fragrant white star-like flowers during April and May, followed by golden fruits in autumn which can last until December. Its leaves are cut like in appearance.
The White Star crab apple tree is also considered disease resistant. We should clarify that this is relative to other crab apples and will not ward off the Flu virus, flesh eating diseases or Ebola.
Of the 5 flowering groups listed, this is in 4 meaning that it will flower later than many other crab apples.
Malus White Star has no specific pruning requirements other than to remove dead, diseased or crossing over branches. An occasional thinning of the White Star will promote new growth.
It will attract birds and other wildlife (natural wildlife not Romany travellers etc) to your garden and the fruits can be used in jellies, drinks etc.
It prefers any fertile soil, will tolerate clay soil and plant in sun or partial shade.
The White Star is listed as a medium tree (height that is, not one that can read your tarot cards) so its height will be around 6m at the ten year point. It may decide to stay at that or grow a bit more, all depends on local soil conditions and weather.
We supply White Star at a height of between 1.5 and 2.0 in a 12 litre container for year round planting.
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Ornamental Tree Topping
All ornamental trees (not vines) are topped at 1.3 metres to encourage a natural ornamental tree shape with obvious exceptions e.g. patio sizes.This means that your tree was pruned during the growing process and then allowed to grow to the size it is now supplied at.
Multiple Order Discount
Orders over £300 can be discounted by contacting us on 0800 043 1057
Ornamental Tree Roots In The Shade e.g. Behind A Fence
It is more important that that foliage (posh term for leaves) receives the sunlight than the roots. So if the canopy of your ornamental tree can sunbathe but the bottom of your tree thinks there has been a nuclear winter then that is ok. You might want to ensure you have good drainage as water and no sun is the start of algae and other such issues.
Do I Need To Stake My Ornamental Tree?
9 out of 10 times the answer will be no, especially if under 200cm tall. However our article on Tree Staking should help guide you.
UK Grown Ornamental Trees
All our trees are banned from overseas travel so that we can state they are all UK grown. We have removed Internet access from the nursery so they cannot book any flights.
Crab Apple Trees Listed As Patio
Any Crab apple tree listed as suitable for patio growing means that it has most likely been grafted onto an M27 rootstock giving it an ultimate height of around 1.5 metres. The standard 12 Litre options are usually grafted onto MM106 rootstock and ultimate heights are determined be each species. Contact us first if rootstocks are important to you.
Crab Apple Disease Resistance
Crab apple trees are generally resistant to disease but those that seem to be considerably less prone to problems are Admiration, Pink Glow, Wedding Bouquet, ButterBall, Cardinal, Comtesa De Paris, Elk River, Coralburst, Donald Wyman, Golden Gem, Gorgeous, Indian Magic, Jelly King, Louisa, Prairie Fire, Rudolf, Sun Rival, Tina, Scarlett, Transitoria, Guardsman and White Star.
Crab Apple Pollinators
Crab apples have long flowering periods which makes them very useful as pollination partners. Many commercial orchards inter-plant crab apples with normal apple trees to increase fruit yield.
Crab Apple Drought Resistance
Generally speaking, Crab Apples tolerate drought reasonably well.
Sun Or Shade For Crab Apples
For best results from the flowers and fruits, a full sun position is preferred however light shade is acceptable. Excessive shade will lead to less flowers and fruits, a more open canopy and problems with Powdery Mildew. Shade and poor drainage is a good combination for bacterial and fungal issues.
Crab Apple Suckering
If your Crab Apple has been grafted (many are) then you may experience small green shoots growing out the side of the tree below the graft point (around 10-30cm above ground) Remove these by rubbing your hand across the bark or snapping off. These will not grow as the original tree you purchased.