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• Malus hupehensis is one of the largest crab apples, making a spreading tree up to 12m (40ft) tall. It has profuse clusters of pink-budded white flowers in spring, followed by cherry-shaped, deep-red fruits, and red and yellow autumn tints to the leaves. This variety offers good scab resistance.
• Malus ‘Pink Glow’ is a small tree with white flowers. The fruits, which are excellent for jelly, are pinkish-red, hence the cultivar’s name.
• Malus x atrosanguinea ‘Gorgeous’ lives up to its name, with pink-budded white flowers and glossy orange-red fruits that last well into winter. It remains a small tree.
• Malus ‘Harry Baker’ is a newish variety, with big pink flowers and large, ruby-red, pink-fleshed fruit that is widely deemed to be the best for making crab-apple jelly. It has good scab resistance.
• Malus x zumi ‘Golden Hornet’, which makes a rounded tree, is a popular choice because its slightly oval fruits are golden-yellow and persist, if you are lucky, right thorough winter. The single flowers are pink in bud, then white. Not very scab-resistant.
• Malus x robusta ‘Red Sentinel’ is a well-known cultivar with an upright habit. It has masses of white flowers in spring followed by deep-red fruits that last well on the tree. Another variety that shows good scab resistance.