Apple or Crabapple

This genus consists of between 30 and 55 species of fruiting trees or shrubs. They are native to many areas in the temperate region of the Northern Hemisphere.

PGC-T-Malus-Bob-White-2010-01In the ornamental world, we make a big deal over the difference between fruiting apples and ornamental crabapples but, in the end, they are all just apples of different sizes. Plants in this genus all have alternate leaves and, since they are part of the Rose Family, they have 5 petals in their single flowers. Their fruit is a pome and may come in a variety of colors from red to orange to yellow.

Malus Cultivars - Crabapples for the Home Landscape





Malus x arnoldiana (Arnold Arboretum)
M. x atrosanguinea Carmine Crabapple
M. baccata Siberian Crabapple
M. brevipes Nippon Crabapple
M. coronaria  
M. floribunda  
M. halliana var. parkmanii Parkman Crabapple
M. hupehensis Tea Crabapple
M. ioensis 'Plena' Bechtel Crabapple
M. x magdeburgensis Magdeburg Crabapple
M. x micromalus Dwarf Crabapple
M. prunifolia Pearleaf Crabapple
M. pumila Common Crabapple
M. x purpurea  
M. x robusta (Arnold Arboretum)
M. sargentii** Sargent Crabapple
M. x scheideckeri Scheidecker Crabapple
M. sieboldii arborescens* Toringo Crabapple
M. spectabilis River's Crabapple
M. sylvestris  
M. toringoides Cutleaf Crabapple
M. x zumi calocarpa Redbud Crabapple
*Named for plant explorer, Philip von Siebold
**Named for Charles Sprague Sargent


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