Malus Coralburst®

Coralburst crab-apple blossom
  • Flower colour: Pink - dark
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Growth habit: Spreading
  • Fruit colour: Bronze

Malus 'Coralburst' is a dwarf crab-apple with an upright-spreading form. The main feature of interest is the intense coral-pink fringed white blossom in spring, borne in profusion. Unusually for a crab-apple, these are "semi-double" flowers, with more petals than most crab-apple varieties, creating a dense floral display.

The small fruitlets are yellow/bronze in colour, sometimes russeted, and they remain ("persist") on the tree into late autumn.

Malus 'Coralburst' makes an attractive small garden feature, and is also a good choice for growing in a large patio container. If grown in open ground it is likely to reach a maximum height of less than 2.5m.

Malus 'Coralburst' was developed by the Cole Nursery of Ohio, USA and released in 1970. It was originally known as 'Coralcole', reflecting the name of the nursery and and the coral colour of the blossom.

Coralburst trees for sale

Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
2-year top-worked Coralburst tree - in a 11.5L pot
< 1.5m tall after 10 years

How to grow

Coralburst is a slow-growing dwarf crab-apple, making it a good choice for small spaces.

Although most crab-apples make good pollinators for apple trees, Coralburst is an exception - its semi-double flowers do not produce compatible pollen.

Coralburst characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive fruit
  • Height 10 years: 2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
  • Growth habit: Spreading
  • Growth rate: Slow
  • Vigour: Natural dwarf
  • Useful for: Patio growing Small spaces
  • Blossom duration: Long
  • Pruning: Do not prune
  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners


  • Country of origin: United States
  • Flower colour: Pink - dark
  • Flower form: Semi-double flower (10-20 petals)
  • Flower size: Medium
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Yellow / Crimson
  • Fruit colour: Bronze
  • Fruit size: Small
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous


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

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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