|Grid reference||ST 17777 77047|
|Common name||Purple crab|
|Height||5M April 2017|
|Girth||60cm April 2017|
This tree is roughly in the middle of the Apple group. Although it flowered well, later in the season its fruit and leaves were disappointing.
General tree description
Malus x purpurea is a hybrid of M. x astrosanguinea and M. niedzwetzkyana. It is a small tree with an open, untidy shape, reaching up to around 10 metres tall. It has purplish-grey bark with shallow cracks. The leaves are up to 6cm by 3cm and lobed. They emerge glossy purple but fade to dark purplish-green. The spring flowers are a vivid red-purple and are followed by dark red crab apple fruits that look like cherries.