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Cultural Details for Malus sp.

Common Name:
Crabapple

Growth Rate:
Medium-fast

Average Mature Height:
generally 15-25'

Average Mature Width:
generally 8-20'

Flower Details:
White to pink, carmine to red to rose.

Fruit Details:
A pome, generally round and fleshy. Colors range from red to yellow to green. If fruit diameter is 2" or less it is considered a crabapple. If over 2" it is considered an apple.

Fall Color:
Yellowish to orange

Bark Details:
Shiny gray-brown, scaly on older trunks.

Disease / Insect Problems or Resistance:
Asiatic forms are much more resistant to insect and diseases than North American native forms. Problems are fire blight, cedar-apple rust, apple scab, canker, scale, borers, aphids and Japanese beetles.

Native Habitat:
North America, Europe and Asia

Other Features:
Up to 700 cultivars of crabapple. Unique branching of most will offer an interesting winter appearance.

Culture and Care:
Quite adaptable, but do best in a heavy loam, well-drained, moist, and acid. Plant in full sun for best flowers and fruits. Pruning, if it is needed, should be done before early June.

This plant was blooming:
4/7/2010 - 4/19/2010
4/2/2007 - 5/2/2007

Plantings of this cultivar at Boone County Arboretum:
240, 3910, 3950, 4100, 4260, 4460, 4550, 4960, 5020, 6390, 6400, 7450, 8546

    The information on this page may have come from one or more of the following sources:
  • Dirr, Michael. Manual of Woody Landscape Plants. Stipes Publishing. 1998.
  • Hightshoe, Gary L. Native Trees, Shrubs, and Vines for Urban and Rural America. John Wiley & Sons. 1988.
  • North Carolina Extension Plant Fact Sheets. www.ces.ncsu.edu
  • University of Connecticut Plant Database. www.hort.uconn.edu