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Macclesfield Express - - LEISURE -

●● CRAB Ap­ple (Malus) TH­ESE de­cid­u­ous small trees are ide­ally grown as spec­i­mens in smaller gar­dens, bear­ing crab ap­ples in au­tumn in colours rang­ing from yel­low to red.

The leaves also change colour, go­ing from yel­low to orange, while in spring they pro­duce masses of blos­som rang­ing from white to pink and red.

Crab ap­ples can be grown in any fer­tile well-drained soil in sun and will tol­er­ate light shade.

They should be pruned in win­ter to re­move dis­eased or dam­aged wood and misplaced shoots.

Good va­ri­eties in­clude M. ‘John Downie’, which grows to 10m or M. ‘Mar­shal Oyama’, which is slightly smaller.

The small, sour fruits con­tain high pectin and acid con­tents, mak­ing them ex­cel­lent for jam, paired with berries.

Tra­di­tional crab ap­ple jelly can be served with meats and is great when perked up with a few chillies.

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