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John Downie crab-apple

John Downie
John Downie is a good crabapple for making crab apple jelly. White blossom and orange-red fruits.

John Downie crab-apple identification images

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USDA identification images for John Downie

The identification paintings in the USDA Pomological Watercolor Collection span the years 1886 to 1942.

    Citation: U.S. Department of Agriculture Pomological Watercolor Collection. Rare and Special Collections, National Agricultural Library, Beltsville, MD 20705.

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    • 28 Apr 2019  OK, United States
      Where can you get the john downie in the US? Can anyone make a suggestion?

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    United Kingdom



    Spring blossom records for this variety

    2020 season

    • 19th April  2020  - tree owned by Eric in Bristol, United Kingdom

    2017 season

    • 24th October  2017  - tree owned by Neville in Tea Tree Gully, Australia
    • 24th April  2017  - tree owned by Eric in Bristol, United Kingdom
    • April  2017  - tree owned by Andrew in Alnwick, United Kingdom

    2013 season

    • 15th May  2013  - tree owned by Mark in Chippenham, United Kingdom
    • April  2013  - tree owned by Martin in Kingston-Upon-Thames, United Kingdom

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    • Species: Malus species - Crab-apple


    • Country of origin: United Kingdom
    • Period of origin: 1850 - 1899
    • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
    • Flower colour: White
    • Leaf colour: Green
    • Popularity: Best sellers
    • Annual cycle: Deciduous
    • Awards: RHS AGM (former)


    • Picking season: Late
    • Cropping: Good
    • Food uses: Culinary
    • Food uses (ornamental plants): Jam / Jelly


    • Gardening skill: Average
    • Flowering group: 4
    • Pollinating others: Good
    • Ploidy: Diploid
    • Bearing regularity: Regular
    • Fruit bearing: Spur-bearer
    • Attractive features: Attractive flowers
    • Attractive features: Attractive fruit
    • Self-fertility: Self-fertile


    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cool ( 20-24C / 68-75F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Warm (25-30C / 76-85F)
    • Summer average maximum temperatures: Cold (< 20C / 67F)

    Other qualities

    • Disease resistance: Poor

    Where to buy trees

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