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Malus baccata

Malus baccata fruitlets

Malus baccata is also known as the Siberian crab. It makes an excellent choice if you want a hardy garden tree for a difficult situation.

In spring the tree produces a fine show of fragrant white blossom in great profusion. In autumn clusters of small red / orange fruitlets are borne.

Malus baccata crab-apple trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £23.95
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
    (100cm)
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  • 22-year pot-grown tree £40.95
    In a 12L pot
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
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History

Malus baccata is native to northern Asia, a region with exceptionally cold winters and often hot summers. 

Its excellent cold-hardiness and general disease-resistance have made Malus baccata a popular starting point in apple and crab-apple breeding programmes. It is also used as a rootstock by apple growers in colder zones - it does not have much dwarfing effect on the scion variety, but it does make it more likely to survive harsh winters.

Malus baccata characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive fruitAttractive tree / plantScented flowers
  • Growth habitUpright-spreading
  • Height after 10 years2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Leaf colour - autumnGreen
  • Leaf colour - summerGreen
  • Fruit colourOrange / Red
  • Growth rateAverage
  • Fruit sizeSmall
  • Country of originRussia
  • Annual cycleDeciduous
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinatorsAttractive to birds
  • Fruit persistenceNormal ripening

Similar varieties

  • See also Pink Glow
    Malus baccata
    Pink Glow
    Malus Dolgo, also known as Pink Glow, offers early-season white flowers and very attractive dark pink fruits. It is exceptionally cold-hardy.

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.