Just what the doc­tor or­dered

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Hil­lier’s Nurs­eries in­tro­duces what will surely be­come the most widely planted of this year’s launches: Malus Crim­son Cas­cade (above), a pen­du­lous crab ap­ple. In spring, its weep­ing branches are fes­toons of cerise blos­som to vie with the bold­est of or­na­men­tal cher­ries. What’s more, its new fo­liage is ma­roon-flushed and its fruits, although ined­i­ble, are gar­net and boun­ti­ful.

Dr Alan War­wick, an 87-year-old in­dus­trial chemist and devo­tee of hor­ti­cul­ture, spot­ted this prodigy in his gar­den among the seedlings that arose when he sowed pips of the pop­u­lar (but up­right to spread­ing) Malus Alden­hamen­sis. He ap­proached Hil­lier, which lost no time in putting it into pro­duc­tion—and quite right, too.

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