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Malus toringo

Malus toringo Aros is a new upright crab-apple. It is a slow-growing dwarf variety, making it ideal for growing in small spaces or in patio planters.

The leaves have the distinctive cut edges, characteristic of the species Malus toringo. They are very dark burgundy colour in the spring, and this colour lasts for most of the growing season. Combined with the upright form they help to make Malus Aros a very distinctive tree.

In spring the deep pink blossom with white centres contrasts with the new leaves.

In autumn there are small maroon-coloured fruitlets.

Aros crab-apple trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £37.95
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  • 22-year bare-root tree £47.50
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  • 32-year pot-grown tree £60.00
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How to grow

We recommend you do not prune this variety.


Malus Aros was awarded "Best in Show" at the UK  National Plant Show in 2017. It also received the RHS Award of Garden Merit for its strong purple colouration and good habit.

Aros characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • AwardsRHS AGM (former)
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive fruitAttractive tree / plantAttractive foliage
  • Growth habitUpright
  • Height after 10 years1.5m-2.5m / 5ft-8ft
  • PruningDo not prune
  • Growth rateSlow
  • Flower colourPink - dark
  • Flower formSingle flower (5-8 petals)
  • Flowering monthApril
  • Leaf colourBronze
  • Leaf colour - autumnBronze / Purple
  • Fruit colourRed - dark
  • Fruit sizeAverage
  • Fruit persistencePersistent
  • Country of originDenmark
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

Similar varieties

  • See also Laura
    Another columnar dwarf crab-apple. The leaves and flowers are not as dark as Malus Aros, but the fruits are larger.
  • See also Scarlett
    Malus toringo

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.