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Columnar apples - Malini®

Columnar Apple Trees - Malini Greenlight Lubera

Would you like to buy a columnar apple tree? But which one should it or must it be? We are happy to admit it: our large selection of apple trees can also become a problem - we have no fewer than 12 columnar apple trees in our Lubera® range. On the other hand, diversity is the prerequisite for ensuring that we are almost certain that you can find and buy the right columnar apple tree for your garden in our Lubera® garden shop. In the following, we will show you which apples are best suited to your needs and preferences.

The Advantages of the Malini® Columnar Apple Tree Varieties

In addition to the typical advantages of columnar apple trees - compact growth, with few side shoots, making them suitable for very small gardens and being able to grow them in pots - these apple trees in the Lubera Malini® range also have four other advantages:

  • Scab resistance: all columnar apple trees in the Malini® series are scab-resistant, which means that they do not get small, black spots on the leaves and fruits.
  • M26 rootstock: all columnar apple trees in the Malini® series are grafted onto M26 rootstocks, and not on stronger rootstocks like most of the competitors. As a result, the growth remains moderate (150 cm to 350 cm, see below) and the yield is more regular and are not subject as much to alternate bearing.
  • Growth sizes: we test our new columnar apple tree varieties for at least 7-8 years and can then make a reliable statement about the future final size of our varieties and divide them into growth groups.
  • Fruit quality: since the original Wijcik variety, back to which all columnar apple trees can be traced, we have continued to breed for four generations and have increased the quality and diversity of these apple trees further. These apples are crisp; they cover a range from sourly refreshing to sweet and they taste good for all family members.
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Columnar Apple Malini® Black Beauty

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Columnar Apple Malini® Dulcessa®

A resistant, delicious, columnar apple from the next generation

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Columnar Apple Malini® Equilibro®

Sweet and sour: This one is it - our new columnar apple

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Columnar Apple Malini® Fresco®

Scab resistance, tasty columnar apple from the next generation

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Columnar Apple Malini® Gracilis®

The smallest, most compact columnar apple, ideal for containers

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Columnar Apple Malini® Greenlight®

Our first yellow-green columnar apple tree

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Columnar Apple Malini® Mannequin

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Columnar Apple Malini® Pronto®

A columnar apple tree that is tolerant to fire blight

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Columnar Apple Malini® Subito®

An early ripening and fast-bearing columnar apple

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Columnar Apple Malini® Topmodel

The balanced columnar apple with a slim appearance

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Columnar Apple Trees - Malini Gracilis LuberaBuy Columnar Apple Trees as 1-year-old or 2-year-old Trees

We offer the Malini® columnar apple trees as one-year-old trees in a 5 L pot and as two-year trees in a 10 L pot. Of course, age is a big difference. The two-year tree has had twice as much time in the nursery as the one-year tree. The consequences for the size are clear: the one-year-old tree is about 30 cm to 60 cm high at the time of sales (the height is slightly different depending on the type of apple since they grow to different degrees) and the two-year apple tree is between 60 and 120 cm high. But what is ultimately of interest is the fruit, the fruit yield. With a one-year-old tree, you can count on a fruit yield in the second year. With a two-year tree, there is a great chance that after a planting date from August to March, trial fruits can be harvested in the first year of standing.


Buy a Columnar Apple Tree: Criterion Size and Growth

The columnar apple tree range in the Lubera® garden shop consists of three size groups. The smallest variety, also ideally suited for a pot, is Malini® 'Gracilis'® and it will only reach a height of approx. 150 cm after 8 years. The varieties Malini® 'Subito'®,' Pronto'® and 'Greenlight'® reach heights between 180-220 cm after 7-8 years; all other varieties, i.e. Redini® 'Cuckoo'®, Malini® 'Dulcessa'®, 'Fresco'®, 'Equilibro'®, 'Topmodel' and 'Mannequin'® will have reached around 3 m and above during this time. Malini® 'Black Beauty' can also be assigned to the more compact class, especially if you give in to the natural urge of this variety to develop some side shoots, which then results in a picturesque, cactus-like or chandelier-like growth habit. When you buy a columnar apple tree from us, you benefit from our years of experience in breeding. We test new varieties for the Malini® trees, for the columnar apple trees, for at least seven years, so that we have an effective impression and enough information to assign the new varieties to a growth group.

In addition to the height growth, the development of the side shoots is of course also crucial: varieties with more side shoots tend to become wider, those with fewer side shoots remain slim and also need to be cut less. Malini® 'Topmodel' and 'Mannequin'® grow strikingly slim with few side shoots; Malini®' Pronto'® and 'Subito'® grow more broadly, with more side shoots than the majority of the columnar apple tree varieties.

Buy a Columnar Apple Tree: Selection Criterion of the Ripening Period

The earliest variety, sometimes with the beginning of ripening around 20 August, is Malini® Subito®. This variety is immediately followed by Malini® 'Pronto'®. The haute couture duo 'Mannequin'® and 'Topmodel', but also 'Equilibro'®, will mature in mid-September. At the end of September, the red-fleshed columnar apple 'Cuckoo'® and the dark red, almost black-skinned apple 'Black Beauty' follow. With the late varieties 'Fresco'®, 'Dulcessa'® and 'Greenlight'® you have to wait until the beginning of October; in late years even a bit longer. The shelf life is best with Malini® 'Fresco'®, Malini®' Greenlight'®, Malini® 'Dulcessa'® and finally surprisingly also with Malini® 'Topmodel'. It is probably the case that top models naturally know how to preserve themselves well.

I Want to Buy an Acidic Apple Tree…And I Want a Sweet One

There are even scientific studies showing that the sweet/sour classification plays the most important role when buying apples in the supermarket, at least a more important one than the variety. Sweet customers want sweet apples sustainably, and those who like sourness will hardly be satisfied with only sweet apples. Depending on your taste, you can buy a sweet or a sour tasting columnar apple tree from us.

On the clearly sweet side are Malini® 'Dulcessa'® (how could it be otherwise?), Malini® Pronto® and Mannequin®; Equilibro®, 'Topmodel' and 'Black Beauty' are balanced, and Malini® 'Fresco'®,' Cuckoo'®, 'Subito'® and also 'Greenlight'® are refreshingly acidic.

Buy an Apple Tree for the Aroma

That, of course, depends entirely on the eye of the beholder and much more on his/her palate. It is also crucial when and in what condition you taste an apple. In my personal opinion, the varieties Malini® 'Subito'®,' Mannequin'® and 'Topmodel' are somewhat more intense and better in flavour and texture than the other varieties. But as I said, that's a subjective judgment. My absolute favourite is 'Subito'®, but that has to do with my preference for more sour apples and the harvest and enjoyment fresh from the tree. What could be nicer than walking through the trees in the morning or evening in warm, hot weather, reaching out and biting into the temptation apple?! ;-) I also really like the super-compact Malini® 'Gracilis' columnar apple variety ®, which is sweet, with a light hint of sourness.

Even Apple Lovers Are Not Colour Blind – Buying According to Colour

Colour and appearance are of course also important criteria; the eye literally eats with it. The almost black Malini® 'Black Beauty' as well as' Cuckoo'® with its pink flesh and the pink flowers are coloured dark red, but also 'Fresco'® and' Dulcessa'® are 70-90% red in colour, covered with beautiful, luminous lenticels (white breath points). While 'Topmodel' is at least 60-90% red-coloured, 'Mannequin'® has a striking streaked colour that is a little reminiscent of the normal-growing apple 'Karveval'. 'Equilibro'® is almost a little disadvantaged in that this apple is still two-toned, but sometimes the red content is only 30%. 'Greenlight'® presents itself in a greenish yellow colour with a light orange blush.

Buying a Slim Columnar Apple Tree That Only Forms a Few Side Shoots

Malini® 'Mannequin'® and Malini® 'Topmodel' are the slimmest growing columnar apple varieties in the Lubera® range. 

Which Variety is Suitable for a Pot?

If you buy a columnar apple tree and want to grow it in a pot, we recommend the more compact growing varieties 'Subito'®, 'Pronto'® and 'Greenlight'®, which will reach approx. 150-180 cm after 5-10 years in a container. Malini® 'Gracilis' is even more compact; this variety will remain even smaller in a pot and will reach a maximum height of 150 cm in 10 years. Naturally, compact columnar apple trees grow a little smaller in containers than in the garden because the pot prevents the roots from spreading.

Which Apple Tree Can You Plant At High Altitudes?

A location up to 700/800 m is not a problem for any of our varieties if there is a reasonable microclimate and the sun shines for at least half the day. At an altitude of 1000 to 1200 m, the natural growing season is much shorter. This means that only the earlier varieties can be grown here: Malini® 'Subito'® and' Pronto'®, which ripen at the end of August, but also Malini® 'Mannequin'® and 'Topmodel' can be tried.

Health and Resistance

All of our varieties are extremely healthy and have a genetic resistance to scab, meaning that they are not affected by the most dangerous fungal disease in apple cultivation. If I had to make an overall order regarding overall health and robustness, I would name 'Subito'®,' Fresco'® and 'Mannequin'® in the first place. 'Mannequin'® convinces with a super-firm, upright growth and with its strikingly huge, dark green leaves; 'Fresco'® has very dense, healthy foliage with tapered leaves (probably inherited from the Rewena parent variety) and 'Subito'® looks great especially in the garden's yield phase because this variety almost certainly bears fruit every year and is not subject to alternate bearing.

Planting: What Should You Watch Out For?

A columnar apple tree needs at least half a day of sun, a deep and humus-rich soil. If the soil is too heavy, it can also be made lighter with the addition of compost and sand. When planting, it is important that after removing the plastic pot the roots are torn apart so that they then root out into the neighbouring soil in the garden. We recommend using a stake with every Malini® columnar apple tree and stabilising the tree in order to prevent the apple-covered fruit tree from blowing around in the summer or autumn.

The root ball should only be slightly covered with soil so that the grafting point remains significantly above the surface of the soil.

When planting during the winter months, i.e. 1 October to December, we recommend removing all of the remaining leaves before planting and then shaking out the root ball completely. When planting, the roots come into direct contact with the topsoil and grow better. Another reason for the seemingly contradictory procedure, which can only be used from October 1 to December is this: the root ball planted late in the autumn remains a physical unit in the short time and heats up much faster than the surrounding topsoil. The tree runs the risk of misinterpreting these heat signals and wanting to start into the spring months. Starch is converted into sugar, which is not used as an energy substance. Ultimately, the alcohol produced from the superfluous sugar acts as a toxin, causing the spring-sprouting plant to stutter and then die.


Overwintering in the garden soil, i.e. planted out, is not a problem at all; it should actually be possible everywhere in Central Europe, and these trees are hardy to around -20°C and when there is snow even lower. With a freshly planted tree, however, caution is advised; the main thing here is that for a late autumn planting the root ball must be shaken out before planting. In a container, however, the weak point mentioned in the last section also persists in the longer term: the root ball heats up too quickly when the winter weather is too warm; the tree interprets the signals as it being springtime and the alcohol that is produced leads to symptoms of poisoning (yes, as with us). As a result, columnar apple trees planted in containers should definitely be in a shady place during the winter, without any direct sunlight, otherwise the pots should be insulated with fleece and brushwood from the winter heat.

Pruning - The Three Most Important Tips

A columnar apple tree only needs to be pruned a little, but this small amount should be done correctly. We reveal the three most important tips for pruning this type of apple tree:

1. All side shoots are cut back twice a year: once in February, once in June, on the longest day. All shoots over 20 cm in length are cut back to about 15 cm.

2. In order to reduce the side shoots, the competition buds of the middle bud on the stem extension can be scraped away in February.

3. If you want to reduce or limit the height of this type of apple tree, cut off the top of the tree approx. 5 cm above a so-called base, i.e. above the point of separation between the previous and next year's growth (here you can see a kind of annual ring). In the subsequent shoot, all branches growing upwards are removed except for one, which then takes over the function of the centre. The process can be repeated every 2-4 years.

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