Order now for delivery September 2020We are open. You can order now for delivery in September (or December for bare-root).
Pippin Trees banner logoChoose from over 280 flowering cherries, crab apples, rowans and other ornamental trees.

Malus hupehensis

Malus hupehensis flower

The Hupeh Crab is a traditional spreading crab-apple, with masses of small white flowers, followed by small red-tinged fruitlets.

It grows in a pleasing spreading fashion, looking attractive even in winter, making it a good choice as a specimen tree in a large lawn.

Malus hupehensis crab-apple trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £23.95
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
  • 22-year pot-grown tree £54.00
    In a 12L pot
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
Next deliveries

Deliveries from September for pot grown and December for bare-rooted (where items shown in stock).


How to grow

Malus hupehensis is versatile and hardy, and tolerant of most situations, very disease-resistant, and should reach a height of 4m-5m eventually.

It is best to keep pruning to a minimum if you want to retain the attractive spreading habit.

Whilst most crab-apples make good pollinators for mainstream apple trees, Malus hupehensis is an exception - its pollen is not viable.

History

Malus hupehensis is native to China. It was brought to the attention of western gardeners by collectors from the Arnold Arboretum in Massachusetts, USA, in the early 20th century. It is sometimes known as the Tea crab-apple, because the leaves could be used like tea-leaves.

Malus hupehensis characteristics

  • AwardsRHS Award of Garden Merit
  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive tree / plantScented flowers
  • Growth habitSpreading
  • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Flower colourWhite
  • Flowering monthApril
  • Flower formSingle flower (5-8 petals)
  • Leaf colour - summerGreen
  • Fruit colourGreen / Red
  • Growth rateAverage
  • Fruit sizeSmall
  • Country of originChina
  • Annual cycleDeciduous
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinators
  • Fruit persistenceRipens over a period

Similar varieties

  • See also Cardinal
    Malus hupehensis
    Cardinal
    A red-flowered crab-apple, closely related to Malus hupehensis.

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. Approximate girth: 6/8cm. Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years. We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.

Hupeh crab-apple tree

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.