Flowering crabapple (Malus spp.)

USDA Hardiness Zones

USDA hardiness zones
Zone Zone  more information
Hardy to zone 4a
Mature Height Mature Height
5 to 25 feet
Mature Spread Mature Spread
5 to 25 feet
Growth Rate Growth Rate
Moderate
Sun Sun
Full Sun
Moisture Moisture
Moist soil, well drained
Fall Color Fall Color
Dull
Attracts Wildlife Attracts Wildlife
Yes
Flower Flower
Ornamental
Fruit Fruit
Ornamental
Evergreen Evergreen
No
Native to WI Native to WI
No
Additional Information Additional Information
various growth habits and sizes from 5-25’ tall and wide; flowers bloom in May and color varies from white, pink, rose, or maroon; fruit color varies from green, yellow, orange, red, or purple; some cultivars have purplish leaves; typically has no fall color or yellowish; full sun only; tolerant to a wide range of soils and pH; urban tolerant; susceptible to many insects and diseases, hence, select disease resistant cultivars from the list below; mainly hybrid origin; hardy to zone 4a It is important when selecting crabapples to not only select for ornamental value, but also disease resistance. The fruit on many crabapples can be very colorful and last for months versus flowers last only a week to ten days. The list below provides information on some of the most ornamental, disease resistant crabapples commerically available for landscaping in the Midwest.

UW Extension
For more information, see the UW Extension Urban Horticulture Team Web site: www.uwex.edu/ces/wihort
Primary Author: Dr. Laura Jull
Photos by: Dr. Laura Jull and Dr. Ed Hasselkus

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