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Deep red, golden yellow or orange-red overflowing: The small fruits of the ornamental apple are long visible as bright splashes of color in the autumnal garden. At the beginning of the ripe fruit in August / September, the apples still sit on leafy branches. But even if the leaves fall off the tree towards the end of autumn, the fruits will continue to stick, with some varieties even into January.
'Golden Hornet' is a very large-fruited variety that grows up to six meters high. The fruits stick in the winter.
The genus of ornamental apples (Malus) include numerous species and varieties, whose wild species originate from Europe, Asia and America. Due to their crossing, many new varieties have been created, so that over 500 ornamental apples are available today. As a shrub or tree they grow between one and twelve meters high. Also the size of the fruits varies. Although it is a decorative plant, the small apples are edible. Although ornamental apples contain a lot of fruit acid, they are accordingly tart when eaten fresh from the tree. Particularly good tasting large-fruited varieties such as 'Golden Hornet' or 'John Downie' processed as jelly. Like apple trees, they have a rich flowering in white, pink or red in May. Some varieties also have a nice autumn color.
Ornamental apples love a sunny location
Where pink flowers in early spring join the fresh green of the foliage, bright red fruits grace the ornamental apple from late summer.
All ornamental apples thrive best in a sunny location and make few claims to the soil, as long as it is nutrient-rich. Only extreme dryness and waterlogging do not like the ornamental shrubs. Because of its very picturesque growth in the age of the ornamental apple is very well suited to individual position, for example in a lawn, where he is an eye-catcher from the bloom in spring to the fruit decoration in autumn and winter. But it also comes into its own with late flowering perennials such as asters or fat hens. So that it can develop its typical picturesque growth, the ornamental wood should be cut regularly only in the first years, the so-called education phase.
Decorate with ornamental apple twigs
Decoration tip with green ornamental apples and hydrangea flowers.
The fruits of the ornamental apple are ideal for arrangements and wreaths. Harvest is in October and November, when they are hanging in dense bunches on the tree. Always cut a small branch with it as well. This way, the fruits can be fixed better later and last longer. If there are still small leaves on the branch, you pick them off immediately, because they quickly dry up and unsightly. For example, a heart made of ornamental apples looks especially nice as a table decoration or for hanging on doors. For this purpose, the branch pieces are bundled and easily attached with flower wire in layers to a prefabricated wire heart. Such hearts you get in many craft shops. Tip: Finally, sprinkle the ornamental apple heart thinly with leaf gloss spray for houseplants. So the apples look fresher and shimmer slightly.