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Malus florentina

Malus florentina is listed in the RHS Plants for Pollinators

Malus florentine features simple bright white flowers, which turn into clusters of small fruitlets in the autumn.

The most distinctive feature of this species is the deeply serrated pale green leaves. They turn golden orange in the autumn.

Seen in isoloation the combination of tiny berry-like fruitlets and the strangely serrated leaves can resemble the appearance of a cluster of redcurrants.

Malus florentina crab-apple trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £33.50
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
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  • 23-year pot-grown tree £54.95
    In a 12L pot
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
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How to grow

Malus florentine is susceptible to fire blight but this disease is very rarely found on trees in the UK. 


Malus florentine is an unusual species of crab-apple, sometimes known as the Hawthorn-leaf Crab on account of its hawthorn-like leaves. It is native to south-eastern Europe.

Malus florentina characteristics

  • Gardening skillBeginner
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive fruitAttractive foliage
  • Growth habitSpreading / Flat-topped
  • Height after 10 years2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • SunlightPrefers full sun
  • PruningLight prune
  • Growth rateAverage
  • Site conditionsSheltered site
  • WildlifeRHS Plants for Pollinators
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flower formSingle flower (5-8 petals)
  • Flowering monthApril
  • Leaf colourGreen
  • Leaf colour - autumnOrange / Gold
  • Fruit colourGreen / Red
  • Fruit sizeSmall
  • Fruit persistencePersistent
  • Annual cycleDeciduous

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.