Malus halliana Admiration

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  • Flower colour: Pink - light
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Growth habit: Columnar / Fastigiate
  • Fruit colour: Red

Malus Admiration is a naturally dwarf crab-apple tree, which grows slowly with a compact upright habit. After 10 years it is likely to be around 1.5m - 2.5m or so tall.

Although the tree is small it has an exceptional blossom display, which rivals many a flowering cherry. It is also a useful pollinator of late-flowering apple trees.

The tiny crimson berry-like fruitlets are also borne in abundance, and persist on the tree into early December. Their small size makes them popular with birds such as thrushes and blackbirds which can eat them whole.

Malus 'Admiration' was developed by Dr Donald Egolf of the US National Arboretum. In the USA it is known as Malus 'Adirondack'.

Admiration trees for sale

Deliveries start September 2019 (or December for bare-root).

Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
1-year Admiration tree - bare root
1.5m-2.5m tall after 10 years
2-year Admiration tree - in a 11.5L pot
1.5m-2.5m 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 Admiration 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).

How to grow

Malus Admiration has good disease resistance, and is particularly resistant to fireblight.

Admiration characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive fruit Scented flowers
  • Height 10 years: 1.5m-2.5m / 5ft-8ft
  • Growth habit: Columnar / Fastigiate
  • Growth rate: Slow
  • Vigour: Weak growing
  • Useful for: Patio growing
  • Pruning: Light prune
  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners


  • Country of origin: United States
  • Flowering month: April
  • Flower colour: Pink - light
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous
  • Awards: RHS Award of Garden Merit


  • Fruit persistence: Persistent
  • Wildlife: RHS perfect for pollinators Attractive to birds

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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