Planted: 2006

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This tree is on the north side of the Malus Avenue, near to the top.

Distribution:Raised as a hybrid and common in British gardens.
Planting Date:March 2006, supplied by Barcham Trees, Soham, Cambridgeshire to replace Mr Hammond’s 1916 specimen.
Growth Habit:Small spreading tree 6 m to 8 m, often 10 m. Upright, later arched.
Bark:Deep brown bark, smooth at first, cracking into small oblong plates with maturity..
Leaf:Glossy rich green, lanceolate and finely serrated, 6 cm by 2.5 cm
Flowers:Late May, soft pink buds open to 3cm white flowers with yellow anthers.  Petals oblong-ovate, narrowing to the slender stalk.
Fruit:Comparatively large (3 cm) fruit, conical, light orange-yellow and red in long-stalked bunches.   Refreshing flavour.
Potential height:10 m
Uses:Famous for making the best crab apple jelly, because the liquid extracted has a beautiful pale pink colour.
Plant Hunter:Raised, as a hybrid, by Edward Holmes at his nursery at Whittington, near Lichfield. He named it after his Scottish friend and fellow nurseryman John Downie.
Introduction Date:1875 and frequent by 1891.  Award of Merit 1895
Comments:Self fertile and make excellent pollinators for any apple variety.