Malus x zumi Professor Sprenger

  • Flower colour: White
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Growth habit: Spreading
  • Fruit colour: Orange

Professor Sprenger is a well-proportioned white-blossomed crab-apple - the intensity and profusion of the white flowers rivals some flowering cherries.

In autumn the leaves turn yellow, but the main attraction is the mass of orange fruitlets.

Professor Sprenger is related to the well-known Golden Hornet, and shares that variety's abundant blossom and fruitlets.

It is named after Professor Albrecht Marinus Sprenger of the Institute of Horticulture at the University of Wageningen, in Holland.

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How to grow

Professor Sprenger is easy to grow and very cold-hardy and disease-resistant. It grows with a gently spreading habit.

Professor Sprenger characteristics

Growing

  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive fruit Attractive tree / plant
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Spreading
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Vigour: Average vigour
  • Sunlight: Prefers full sun
  • Useful for: Small spaces Specimen planting
  • Blossom duration: Average (2-3 weeks)
  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Gardening skill: Suitable for beginners

Identification

  • Flowering month: April
  • Flower colour: White
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Flower size: Medium
  • Leaf colour: Green
  • Leaf colour - young: Green
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Yellow
  • Fruit colour: Orange
  • Fruit size: Average
  • Annual cycle: Deciduous

Using

  • Wildlife: RHS perfect for pollinators

Similar varieties

  • See also Golden Hornet
    Malus x zumi
    Golden Hornet
    Malus Golden Hornet has pink / white blossom then small yellow crab apples which hang on late in the year.

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.