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Japanese flowering crabapple

A small ornamental tree known for its showy, bright pink buds that open to fragrant white flowers. Japanese flowering crabapple has an irregular,spreading branch habit as it ages, showy, persistent yellow-red fruits and good disease resistance. Use as a specimen tree, in small groups, or a mixed border.

 

Botanical name: 
Malus floribunda
All Common Names: 
Japanese flowering crabapple
Family (English): 
Rose
Family (Botanic): 
Rosaceae
Tree or Plant Type: 
  • Tree
Foliage: 
  • Deciduous (foliage falls off)
Native Locale: 
  • Non-native
Hardiness Zones: 
  • Zone 4
  • Zone 5
  • Zone 6
  • Zone 7
Growth Rate: 
  • Medium
Light Exposure: 
  • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
Tolerances: 
  • Occasional drought
  • Alkaline soil
Soil Preference: 
  • Moist, well-drained soil
Flower Color & Fragrance: 
  • Fragrant
  • White
Size Range: 
  • Small tree (15-25 feet)
Shape or Form: 
  • Irregular
  • Multi-stemmed
  • Spreading
  • Upright
Landscape Uses: 
  • Specimen
  • Massing
  • Screen
  • Patio/sidewalk
Time of Year: 
  • Mid spring
  • Late spring
  • Late summer
  • Early fall
More Information: 

Tree & Plant Care

Crabapples are adaptable to most soil conditions but prefer full sun in moist, well-drained soil.
Light pruning may be required to keep plants healthy or correct structural problems. Thinning crown allows light into center for better flowering.
Remove dead, diseased and crossing branches at any time.
Suckers from the base are problems with many crabapples, prune as close to ground as possible.

Disease, pests, and problems

Although good disease resistance, Japanese flowering crab is slightly susceptible to scab, rust, and mildew.

Moderate susceptibility to borers, and fire blight.

Good resistance to Japanese beetles.

Native geographic location and habitat

Japan

Attracts birds & butterflies

Fruit is appealing to birds

Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture

Dark green leaves are alternate, simple, elliptical, 2 to 4 inches long with serrated margins.

Flower arrangement, shape, and size

Pink buds open to the white flowers.

Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions

Fruit is 3/8-inch, yellow and red, often persistent into winter