If you harvest a hundred seeds from any crab apple tree and plant them, assuming they all sprout about two will emerge with dark red/purple leaves. We have no idea what the resultant tree is called but a few years ago that's exactly what Graham did and this is the result. The trees foliage emerges this beautiful colour before slowly turning to dark green in summer. The bark has a purple hue in the right light and when cut the wood has a slight pink/purple hue. So far we have not seen flowers. In all other respects this is exactly like any other crab apple.
The crab apple just has to be one of the most popular flowering species in bonsai cultivation. Spectacular and reliable flowering (small pink/white delicately scented) and beautiful autumn fruit (red apples the size of marbles). Very hardy but appreciates a little protection from hot summer sun. In summer remove overly large leaves at any time. Fertilize from mid-summer with 0-10-10 Nitrogen free fertiliser. The winter image can be tidied up once the leaves have dropped but take care not to remove too many of the large fat buds, those make the flowers. Re-pot every 3-4 years in a good moisture holding compost like our No1 or Kaizen Bonsai No2 Bonsai Soil Mix. The species is fully frost hardy and needs no winter protection.
Room for improvement and futher development but with such a rare and unusual appearance we think it's WELL worth the effort. It's unlikely anyone will put another down on the bench next to yours.
Planted in a plastic nursery pot.
25" tall above it's pot. 17" wide overall. 5" diameter nebari.
The subject pictured is the EXACT plant we will send you. Appearance may vary depending upon the season.
In stock and available for delivery within two or three working days.
Price including secure packaging and U.K delivery* £175.00
*Price includes delivery to any U.K mainland address (except Highlands and Islands).
Not available for shipping outside the European Union (ie: the USA). Importing plants without correct permissions can land you with a VERY big fine or prison time.
We do not provide cultural information for this tree other than the above (relevant to the UK climate only). Please ensure you have the skills and facilities to care for this plant in your location before you decide to purchase.
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