Wildlife favourite

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Q Is there a pretty tree that also ben­e­fits wildlife? JUNE JONES, BIRKENHEAD, WIRRAL

A Crab ap­ples (malus) tol­er­ate a range of soils in­clud­ing clay, have at­trac­tive blos­som in April and pro­duce pretty crab ap­ples in au­tumn that pro­vide food for birds. Most are com­pact so ideal for small gar­dens and will flower and fruit at a young age. Choose a modern cul­ti­var, such as small, weep­ing ‘Sun Ri­val’; red-fruited ‘Red Sen­tinel’; white-flow­ered ‘Gor­geous’; or gold­en­fruited ‘But­ter­ball’, which are more re­sis­tant to mildew and scab.

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