Malus sp.

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Taxonomy (1)

Classification: Angiosperm, dicot
Family: Rosaceae
Common name: Flowering Crabapple

General Information (1,2,3)

USDA Plants Hardiness Zones: 3
Growth Habit: Tree

  • Size: 10-25 feet
  • Deciduous/Evergreen: Deciduous
  • Flowering: Mid-June - early July

Diagnostic Characteristics

Leaves (2)

  • Other: Serrate, 1-3 inches long

Stem/Bark (2)

  • Color: Gray-brown
  • Texture: Smooth

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Flower (2)

  • Color: White, pink, carmine, red
  • Inflorescence type: Umbel, corymb-like racemes

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Fruit (2)

  • Size: 2 inches
  • Color: Red, yellow, green

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Horticultural Information (2,3)

  • Light: Full sun- partial shade
  • Soil type: Heavy loam soil
  • pH: 5-7.5
  • Maintenance: Light pruning may be necessary in late winter
  • Landscape Uses: Ornamental trees


1) Dirr, M. (1990). Manual of woody landscape plants: Their identification, ornamental characteristics, culture, propagation and uses (4th ed.). Champaign, Ill.: Stipes Pub..
3) The Morton Arboretum. (2013).Flowering Crab Apple. Retrieved March 15, 2013 from

Prepared by David Jenkins as a course requirement for BIOL 3630/5630, Spring 2013
Edited by Jessica Bartek