Malus baccata

Malus baccata fruitlets
  • Flower colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Fruit colour: Orange / Red

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 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 trees for sale

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

Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
1-year (100cm) Malus baccata tree - bare root
3m-5m tall after 10 years
2-year Malus baccata tree - in a 12L pot
3m-5m tall after 10 years

Malus baccata characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive fruit Attractive tree / plant Scented flowers
  • Height 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Useful for: Patio growing
  • Blossom duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners


  • Country of origin: Russia
  • Flower colour: White
  • Flower size: Medium
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Green
  • Fruit colour: Orange / Red
  • Fruit size: Small
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous


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

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 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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