Malus x moerlandsii Directeur Moerlands Profusion Improved

  • Flower colour: Crimson
  • Leaf colour: Bronze
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Fruit colour: Red - dark

Malus Directeur Moerlands, also known as Profusion Improved, is an ornamental crab apple which makes a compact tree.

As the name suggests, it flowers profusely, with an abundance of crimson pink blossom.

The fruits are dark red and persist on the tree into late autumn, hanging in clusters like cherries. They are popular with birds, and also have some culinary value, although they are very small.

Directeur Moerlands, also known as Profusion Improved, is a development of the original Malus 'Profusion' crossed with Malus moerlandsii. It has more attractive leaves and better disease resistance.

It is named after Carolus Philippus Moerlands, who was Director of the School of Horticulture at Boskoop in the Netherlands in the early 20th century.

Directeur Moerlands Profusion Improved trees for sale

Height in 10 years
Price inc. VAT
1-year Directeur Moerlands Profusion Improved tree - bare root
2.5m-4m tall after 10 years
2-year Directeur Moerlands Profusion Improved tree - in a 12L pot
2.5m-4m tall after 10 years

What will it look like?

Illustrative example of a pot-grown tree of this variety as supplied. (Approx. girth: 6/8). Trees should reach their mature height after about 10 or more years.

Malus Profusion Improved crab apple tree

We may also have 1-year bare-root trees of this variety - they are not shown here.

Leaves may not be present during winter, and we may prune some shoots to fit the delivery carton. Size may vary during the season and between batches. The container (if supplied) is only used for transporting the tree, which should then be planted out in the garden or in a much larger patio planter (not all species are suitable for patio planting).

Directeur Moerlands Profusion Improved characteristics


  • Attractive features: Attractive flowers Attractive fruit Attractive tree / plant Scented flowers
  • Height 10 years: 3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Vigour: Slightly small
  • Useful for: Open spaces
  • Blossom duration: Long
  • Disease resistance: Good
  • Self-fertility: Self-fertile
  • Gardening skill: Average


  • Country of origin: Netherlands
  • Flowering month: April
  • Flower colour: Crimson
  • Flower form: Single flower (5-8 petals)
  • Flower size: Large
  • Leaf colour: Bronze
  • Fruit colour: Red - dark
  • 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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