It’s very exciting to have discovered this little tree in a local nursery as I have been having a very trying time finding an appropriate tree to put in a large pot that was left by the previous owners on my patch of London concrete.
Size: slow growing to 4m Habit: columnar Leaf shape: lobed Flowers: fragrant white cups in June
I’d been looking for a columnar multi-purpose tree that was happy in shade as the concrete patch only gets very limited sun, being west facing and subject to high buildings over the road. I’d decided on Malus tschonoskii as the best of a limited choice, the spot is too shady for the pretty columnar cherries. So imagine how excited I was to find a small columnar Malus, that has not only pretty leaves that turn red nicely in the autumn but also has good sized fragrant flowers in June. Happily by then the sun will have been peeping round the corner of the building for a couple of months so I should be able to reap the benefit of the flowers and good autumn colour. RESULT!
The photos do not do it justice and to be fair I’ve not done much to help my specimen as it did not appreciate being crammed into my little Fiat 500, especially after I had put in 6 large ceramic planters.
I should also add that this is a newish cultivar and has been sold to me under the Trees for Life® designation, which means that it comes from a great nursery in Worcestershire. They grow their own trees from scratch there, which means that they do not have the overly clear stems of the trees that come from eastern Europe and consequently they start off looking more natural, I prefer to use these trees as you can always arrange for the stems to be cleared in the maintenance program if you want.