Malus 'Chilko' at Bute Park

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Malus 'Chilko'
late December 2015

Malus 'Chilko' 1

Malus 'Chilko'  in flower
early May 2016

Malus 'Chilko' 2

Malus 'Chilko'  with fruit
early September 2016

Grid reference ST 17816 77057
Common name Chilko crab
Origin Canada
Deciduous Yes
Status GB Champion 2013
Tag 1952
Height 9M January 2016
Girth 88cm December 2015
Reference 378

This tree is on the east side of the Apple group, by the canal and close to the Royal Welsh College of Music and Drama. It is approximately 33M from the Fishers Bridge.

Malus 'Chilko' bark1

Malus 'Chilko' bark
late August 2016

Malus 'Chilko' leaf

Malus 'Chilko' leaves & buds
mid April 2016

Malus 'Chilko' bud

Malus 'Chilko' leaves & buds
late April 2016

Malus 'Chilko' flower

Malus 'Chilko' flower
early May 2016

Malus 'Chilko' fruit

Malus 'Chilko' fruit
early August 2016

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Malus 'Chilko' fruit
late August 2016

General tree description

Malus 'Chilko' is a small tree with a spreading crown. Its leaves are oval, purplish at first, dark green when mature. In mid spring there are large, red-pink flowers up to 4.5cm across, which are followed by large (4cm), rounded crab apples. These are deep red and shiny, and they ripen in August. The fruits are produced in alternate years. Malus 'Chilko' takes its name from Chilko Lake in south west British Columbia.