crabapple advice sought
I am seeking an ornamental crabapple that will also provide nice fruit for eating/cooking. I have heard that some are even nice enough to eat fresh. I would ideally like to do more than just make jelly with them.
I would love some suggestions.
I am particularly seeking:
-A spreading habit to screen neighbour's garage (up to 4 metres)
-white flowers -or maybe red
-beautiful red fruits that will hang on for winter interest
-Good eating qualities
The varieties I have seen available locally here in New Zealand include Jelly King, Profusion, Wright's Scarlett and Jack Humm. Can anyone comment on these?
Also, if a variety is listed as being unpopular with the birds (i.e. Jack Humm), does that mean it is less palatable for humans?