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Malus floribunda

Malus floribunda has received the RHS Award of Garden MeritMalus floribunda is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators

Also known as the Japanese Crab, Malus floribunda is a species of crab-apple which produces a very attractive spreading tree.

The blossom is pink/white and, as the Latin name suggests, particularly abundant. Flowering is relatively early in the blossom season.

The yellow fruits are also borne in considerable quantities, and although not as dramatic as the spring blossom display, are a useful resource for birds.

Malus floribunda crab-apple trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £44.00
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
  • 22-year pot-grown tree £72.00
    In a 12L pot
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
  • 31-year bare-root tree £44.00
    Very large size (4m-7m after 10 years)
You can now pre-order for next season.

History

Malus floribunda originates from Japan and was brought to the west in the mid 19th century, a period when European and American plant enthusiasts first became aware of the huge diversity of flowering trees to be found in east Asia.

This species has been used in a number of breeding programmes to produce more disease-resistant apple varieties, on account of its good resistance to the apple disease scab.

Malus floribunda characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • AwardsRHS AGM (current) - 1993
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive fruit
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flower formSingle flower (5-8 petals)
  • Flowering monthApril
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Leaf colour - autumnGreen
  • Fruit colourYellow / Red
  • Fruit sizeSmall
  • Country of originJapan
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. Approximate girth: 6/8cm. We try to keep all pot-grown trees down to about 1.5m as supplied, but some may be larger. Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years. We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.

Malus floribunda crab apple tree

How to choose a crab-apple tree

We list more than 40 different 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.