Malus ioensis Malus Fimbriata

  • Flower colour: Pink - light
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading

Malus Fimbriata is particularly noted for its true double rose-pink flowers.

Most crab-apples have single flowers (i.e. with a relatively small number of petals) but the flowers of Malus Fimbriata have a profusion of petals, rivalling some of the showiest of the flowering cherries. The flowers can be very large by crab-apple standards, and have a pleasant fragrance.

Malus Fimbriata belongs to the crab-apple species Malus ioensis, known as the Prairie Crab, a native of the central plains for North America.

It was discovered as a chance seedling growing in Rochester, New York, by Bernard Slavin and named by his son. It is sometimes known as the Fringe Petal Crabapple, on account of its spectacular blossom.

Malus Fimbriata trees for sale

Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
1-year Malus Fimbriata tree - bare root
2.5m-4m tall after 10 years
2-year Malus Fimbriata tree - in a 7L pot
2.5m-4m tall after 10 years

How to grow

Like other forms of the Prarie Crab, Malus Fimbriata flowers relatively late in the crab apple blossom season. It does not always produce fruitlets and is possibly not self-fertile. Unusually for a crab-apple, it is not a good pollinator of mainstream apple trees either.

Malus Fimbriata characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive tree / plant Scented foliage
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Blossom duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
  • Self-fertility: Partially self-fertile
  • Gardening skill: Average


  • Country of origin: United States
  • Flowering month: May
  • Flower colour: Pink - light
  • Flower form: Double flower (25-50 petals)
  • Flower size: Large
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Fruit size: Small
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous


  • Fruit persistence: Ripens over a period

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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