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Directeur Moerlands Profusion Improved

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.

Malus x moerlandsii

Directeur Moerlands Profusion Improved crab-apple trees for sale

  • 11-year bare-root tree £19.95
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
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  • 22-year pot-grown tree £36.45
    In a 12L pot
    Medium size (2.5m-3.5m after 10 years)
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Deliveries from16th April (where items shown in stock).


How to grow

Profusion Improved has long whippy branches when young, often with sections of bare wood. In the early spring following the tree's first summer in your garden it might be worth pruning back the main shoots to encourage the tree to bush out.  Send us photos of the tree in late winter and we can advise further.

History

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 characteristics

  • Gardening skillAverage
  • Attractive featuresAttractive flowersAttractive fruitAttractive tree / plantScented flowers
  • Growth habitUpright-spreading
  • Height after 10 years3m-5m / 10ft-16ft
  • Flower colourCrimson
  • Flowering monthApril
  • Flower formSingle flower (5-8 petals)
  • Leaf colour - summerBronze
  • Fruit colourRed - dark
  • Fruit sizeSmall
  • Country of originNetherlands
  • Annual cycleDeciduous
  • WildlifeRHS perfect for pollinatorsAttractive to birds
  • Fruit persistencePersistent

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.

Malus Profusion Improved 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.