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Malus floribunda AGM

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Characteristics

Plant type

Tree

Habit

Columnar/Upright

Resilience

Hardiness

H6 (hardy - very cold winter)

Colour

Flower

Pink, Red and White in Spring

Foliage

Green in Autumn, Spring and Summer

Fruit

Red and Yellow in Autumn

Size

Ultimate height

8-12 metres

Ultimate spread

wider than 8 metres

Time to ultimate height

20-50 years


Preferred common name

Japanese crab

Family

Rosaceae


Malus are small to medium-sized deciduous trees with showy flowers in spring and ornamental or edible fruit in autumn; some have good autumn foliage colour

M. floribunda is a round-headed, small deciduous tree with narrow leaves on arching branches. Flowers white or pale pink, opening from crimson buds. Fruit 1cm, red and yellow

Other common names

  • showy crab apple

Synonym(s)

  • Pyrus floribunda

How to grow

Sunlight

  • Full sun
  • Part shade

Aspect

  • North-facing, East-facing, South-facing or West-facing
  • Sheltered or Exposed

Cultivation

Grow in moderately fertile soil; will tolerate partial shade

Soil

  • Well-drained or Moist but well-drained
  • Acid, Neutral or Alkaline
  • Loam, Clay, Sand or Chalk

Propagation

Propagate by seed sown in a seedbed in autumn or by budding in late summer. Grafting can be carried out in midwinter

Suggested planting locations and garden types

Architectural, City/Courtyard Gardens, Cottage/Informal Garden or Patio/Container Plants


How to care

Pruning

Pruning group 1

Pests

Aphids, woolly aphid, fruit tree red spider mite and caterpillars may be a problem

Diseases

May be affected by apple scab, apple canker and powdery mildews