Pleached Crab Apple ‘Evereste’, Pleached Flowering Crab Apple, Pleached Flowering Crab

Pleached Malus ‘Evereste’, Malus perpetu ‘Evereste’ (Rosaceae)

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The Crab Apple Malus ‘Evereste’ is a beautiful disease resistant, compact ornamental tree, providing white blossom in spring and colourful orange red fruit in autumn. The fruits often persist throughout winter. The dark green leaves linger long into autumn turning a yellow orange colour before they fall to the ground. In brief, a tree to enjoy through all seasons.

  • Deciduous
  • Low pleached options
  • Also available as espalier trees, multistem, standard trees, tall standard, roof trees, arches and umbrella trees, Instant hedge elements
  • Stem girth from 14-16cm up to 16-18cm, occasionally bigger available but they need booking in advance
  • Trained on frame in pleached form for 2-3 years
  • Available as freshly pleached trees while stocks last
  • Available pots and containers cocoa rootball or rootball
  • Nationwide delivery service by articulated lorry, smaller vehicle by prior arrangement

Here are some examples of trees currently available. Click any image to enlarge or to send an enquiry about that specific plant.

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Crab Apple, Flowering Crab Apple – Malus ‘Evereste’, Malus perpetu ‘Evereste’ (Rosaceae)

The Malus ‘Evereste’ is a wonderful small deciduous tree which has rightly earned the Award of Garden Merit as an ornamental tree by the Royal Horticultural Society in 1993.

A compact tree for all seasons it produces a dazzling display of flowers which first arrive as dark purplish to red buds in April, bursting open in late April/May to produce masses of white cup shaped flowers. In fact, there are often so many, they obscure most of the foliage and branches around them. Dark green oval leaves measure 6-8cm turn a golden yellow hue in the autumn before dropping to the floor. Over the summer clusters of small (about an inch across) yellow orange to red apples develop. Decorating the tree beautifully they hang on to the branches well into the winter months often long after the leaves have fallen, providing a welcome colourful display. The fruit is excellent for making Crab Apple jelly and preserves and also used for cider making.

A versatile conical shaped tree with half open crown it grows to a height of 5-6 meters with a spread of 3-5meters on average. ‘Evereste’ are excellent pollinators loved by bees and birds and used extensively in orchards to do this work. It will grow in most soil types, but it prefers soils to be nutritious, moist, but well drained. Preferring full sun to produce the best blossom and fruit it also tolerates partial shade. Winter and frost hardy, it will happily grow in open spaces, but dislikes exposed windy sites and sea wind.

If you are looking for a small ornamental tree which tolerates paving and hard landscaping, then Evereste must be on the list. Disease resistant and pollution tolerant, this small ornamental tree is ideal for large and small gardens, tree containers, roof gardens, parks, squares and commercial settings. An extremely versatile plant the Malus ‘Evereste’ enjoys being managed in various forms, including multistem trees, standard trees, roof trees, low pleached trees, arches and umbrella trees.

Planting advice for Pleached trees, Freshly Pleached trees, Espalier trees and Freshly Espaliered trees.

An important consideration when planting pleached or espalier trees in a straightfreshly pleached trees ready to be planted line is the slope of the ground. Pleached or Espalier trees look their best when they are planted on flat or gently sloping ground. Doing so will line up the frames and stems and creating effect of one continuous line when viewed at all angles. Even on a gradual slope this effect can be achieved. However, with a slope of more than 10-12 degrees, it may be necessary to step the trees/frames when planting (the frames on freshly pleached trees can be manipulated to account for a sharper slope of perhaps 15 degree if necessary).

To create a good visual effect, it is important to line up the stems and frames (unless you are planting them in a circle or semi-circle). To start off the planting holes should measure roughly double the width of the rootball or pot….

Read our full planting guide here

How are Pleached Trees made?

freshly pleaching trees on framePleached trees or screen trees start life as a seedling or cutting, much like any other tree, being repotted or replanted a number of times in their formative years. They grow happily on the nursery with hundreds or even thousands of other trees. When the time is right, highly skilled nurserymen and woman go out into the field amongst the trees with tags in hand and pick the very best trees for pleaching. The criteria for choosing the best trees for training includes, selecting those with the straightest stems, healthy root stock and appropriately spreading and uninform crowns. Once tagged and lifted the trees are loaded onto trailers and sent to potting sheds for training. Read our full guide to pleaching trees here

Delivery varies depending on:lifting large plants over a house

  • How many trees you require
  • If you want us to plant them
  • Accessibility of the site
  • If any need sourcing
  • The seasonal ability to lift or plant specific species

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