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Flowering Crabapple | Plant Profile

Flowering Crabapple (Malus) is a common name for multiple types of trees all from the same genus. There are about 35 unique cultivars of Flowering Crabapple. On average, they grow to about 20  with the spread is usually as wide. They all have showy flowers, though the colors vary by cultivar.

Flowering Crabapple prefers medium moisture, well drained soils in full sun. Once established, they can be tolerant of some drought. If desired, pruning should be done in late winter as pruning in spring can leave the wounds open to infection.

The showy flowers make Flowering Crabapple perfect as singular focal points or accent pieces. Their small size makes them perfect for entrances or small yard landscaping. Flowering Crabapple produce fruits which are attractive to birds, small mammals and pollinating insects. While edible, the fruits are very tart and often left for wildlife.


Flowering Crabapple Characteristics

There are many cultivars of Flowering Crabapple, each with their own unique qualities.

'Prairifire' (pictured) have thick foliage that naturally grows in a circular pattern. Rich pink and fragrant flowers bloom in spring. The flowers give way to small crabapples, a berry-like fruit.

'Snowdrift' naturally has a rounded shape and white flowers in spring. The leaves are glossy and dark green.

'Indian Magic' produces dark pink/purple flowers. The fruits are more elongated than most and last well into winter.

'Sutyzam' SUGAR THYME have branches that reach more horizontally than other cultivars. This creates an oval appearance at the top of the trunk. Fragrant white flowers cover the tree in spring. The dark green leaves are oval and serrated.

'Harvest Gold' has branches that grow more upright than horizontal. The fruits produces are a bright golden color with dark green foliage.

There are some pest and disease issues that can plague Flowering Crabapple. Diseases include scale, fire blight, rusts, leaf spot, and powdery mildew. Insect visitors can be tent caterpillars, aphids, Japanese beetles, borers, scale, and spider mites.

USDA Climate Zone
Zones 4 - 8
15.00 - 20.00
15.00 - 20.00'
Bloom Time
Full Sun
Deer Resistant?