Here is an improved form of Malus robusta, the ‘Fruitilicious’. It is a small tree or large shrub that has large white flowers with hints of pink that open in late April – May. In autumn, its bright flowers are followed by deep orange apples, the largest of all Malus crab apples. Now you know why it is fruitilicious!
This Malus variety comes from Norfolk with multi-season interest. Its single white flowers are real attention in spring and summer. They produce valuable nectar for bees and butterflies. In September, you can see clusters of deep red oval fruits which last long until end December. These fruits attract birds and wildlife of all kinds, therefore ensuring hustle-bustle in your garden when most plants lay dormant. These apples are excellent for making jelly.
Malus Fruitilicious can easily grow in average soils with low maintenance, and does not demand dedicated care. However, if possible, plant it in a well-drained soil that is rich in nutrients. It will thrive in a full sun or partial shady location.
Generally, it does not require pruning. You can remove any dead or damaged twigs and prune only to correct and improve the shape of the crown. It is completely resistant to frost.
Fruitilicious is a new variety but a stunning Malus with delicious fruits. Crab apple trees are perfect for people who wish a wildlife friendly garden. It is a perfect choice as a single specimen in small gardens or large gardens in groups.
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