Malus x purpurea 'Gulliver' APPLETINI

Malus x purpurea 'Gulliver'
Malus x purpurea 'Gulliver' APPLETINI
crabapple
SIZE/TYPE taller shrub
 small tree
USUAL HEIGHT 2-3m
USUAL WIDTH 2-3m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES green
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS pink
BLOOMING TIME April - May
LOCATION full to partial sun
SOIL TYPE any (acidic to alkaline)
SOIL MOISTURE REQUIREMENTS evenly moist (dislikes drought)
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
Fruit trees
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Crabapples – flowering ornamental apple trees often compete with Sakura trees (ornamental flowering cherries) for the primacy in terms of the beauty of spring flowering. They offer similar flower colous, profuse flowering, and something extra – the scent because crabapple flowers smell beautifully, each one has a slightly different perfume.

APPLETINI is a French crabapple variety which is not only ornamental, but it also makes edible fruit of a great taste. The fruit is not large but compared to the size of the fruits of other crabapple varieties these apples are giants – like a ping pong ball, which is probably why its breeders from Pepiniere Jean-Pierre Hennebelle, a nursery in northwestern France, gave it the name Gulliver for the domestic market.

From late April until early to mid May it makes large, pale pastel purple flowers. The deciduous leaves are obovate, finely serrated at margins, they emerge maroon and ripen to a dark green color, but retain red petioles. In autumn they change to orange and red. The fruits formed as early as in late June and ripen in late summer. They have a bright fuchsia color and a typically frosted skin, showing its glossy skin only when you touch them. This variety is self-fertile – it does not need a pollinating partner making it an ideal terrace or balcony plant.

APPLETINI forms upright, well-branched shrubs of a broadly funnel-shaped habit. Its ultimate height and width is estimated at about 3 meters, but plants can be rejuvenated once every few years by medium hard pruning, ideally immediately after flowering in late spring. Alternatively, you can train it into a multi-stemmed shrub with a mushroom-head crown after removing the side branches. This will allow more space for more flowers underneath. The plant is protected by European patent EU 20170480.

Apple and crabapple trees will grow in most soils but do best in well-drained but evenly moist, fertile soil. When planting it, make sure the root-ball is well soaked with water. Newly transplanted trees (with a trunk) need a good support for 2-3 years. Fully hardy to at least -29 °C (USDA zone 5) and suitable for large outdoor planters.

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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
LARGE PLANTS over 150 cmspecimens, screening and hedging shrubs

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