Malus Cinderella®

  • Flower colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Fruit colour: Gold

Cinderella is a dwarf crab-apple, ideal for growing in a patio container. It will stay quite small, probably getting to no more than about 1.5m, so is a good choice if you want a crab-apple for a small space.

Unlike most other dwarf crab-apples, which tend to be very columnar, Cinderella has a more spreading habit.

In spring the blossom starts with pink-tipped buds, opening to a mass of white flowers. Autumn brings pretty spherical golden fruitlets.

The lobed leaves are green in the spring and summer, but take on yellow autumnal tints.

Malus Cinderella was developed by Lake County Nursery in Ohio, USA. Its full name is Malus 'Cinzam' Cinderella®.

Cinderella trees for sale

Height in 10 years
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2-year top-worked (45cm) Cinderella tree - in a 11.5L pot
< 1.5m tall after 10 years
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How to grow

We often have Cinderella available as a "top-worked" tree. This means the graft is placed at the top of a short stem, to give a lollipop effect which is particularly attractive for dwarf trees planted in containers.

If planting in a container, make sure you use a reasonably large one - 60L-80L - and fill it with a mix of mainly good topsoil, plus coarse compost, and grit for drainage.

Cinderella is generally easy and reliable to grow, and tolerant of salt spray and urban pollution. It is resistant to most of the diseases which aflict apple trees, and very cold-hardy.

You usually won't need to do any pruning.

Cinderella characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive fruit Autumn foliage colour
  • Height 10 years: 1.5m-2.5m / 5ft-8ft
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Growth rate: Slow
  • Vigour: Natural dwarf
  • Site conditions: Coastal site Air pollution
  • Sunlight: Prefers full sun
  • Useful for: Patio growing Small spaces
  • Blossom duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
  • Pruning: No need to prune
  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Gardening skill: Average


  • Flowering month: April
  • Flower colour: White
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Flower size: Small
  • Leaf/Flower sequence: Leaves appear first
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Yellow
  • Fruit colour: Gold
  • Fruit size: Small
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous

Similar varieties

  • See also Admiration
    Malus halliana
    Also known as Malus Adirondack. A dwarf upright crab-apple with masses of light-pink / white flowers.
  • See also Aros
    Malus toringo
    A small slow-growing upright crab-apple, with bronze-green leaves, beautiful dark pink flowers with white centres, and maroon fruits in the autumn.
  • See also Laura
    Malus Laura is a very upright dwarf crab-apple, with bronze leaves, crimson blossom and maroon fruitlets.

How to choose a crab-apple tree

We have a very wide range of crab-apple trees. Choosing can be difficult! See our article explaining the different characteristics of crab-apple trees which will help you narrow down the selection.

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