Malus floribunda

Floribunda crab apple blossom
  • Flower colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Fruit colour: Yellow / Red

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 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 trees for sale

Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
1-year Malus floribunda tree - bare root
3m-5m tall after 10 years
2-year Malus floribunda tree - in a 12L pot
3m-5m tall after 10 years

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. (Approx. girth: 6/8). Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

Malus floribunda crab apple tree

We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.

Leaves may not be present during winter, and we may prune some shoots to fit the delivery carton. Size may vary during the season and between batches. The container (if supplied) is only used for transporting the tree, which should then be planted out in the garden or in a much larger patio planter (not all species are suitable for patio planting).

Malus floribunda characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive fruit
  • Vigour: Weak growing
  • Blossom duration: Long
  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners


  • Country of origin: Japan
  • Flowering month: April
  • Flower colour: White
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Flower size: Small
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Green
  • Fruit colour: Yellow / Red
  • Fruit size: Small
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit


  • Wildlife: RHS perfect for pollinators

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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