- Flower colour: White
- Leaf colour: Green
- Growth habit: Spreading
- Fruit colour: Yellow
Malus transitoria is also know as the Cut-leaf Crab, on account of its lobed leaves. It grows with an attractive spreading form.
It features a mass of tiny white star-like flowers in spring, followed by dense clusters of small yellow fruitlets in the autumn.
The autumn leaf colours are particularly pronounced in this species.
Malus transitoria is a native of north western China. Like many Asian crab-apples it was first brought to the west in the early 20th century by collectors from the Arnold Arboretum of Massachusetts, USA.
Malus transitoria trees for sale
1-year Malus transitoria tree - bare root
2-year Malus transitoria tree - in a 7L pot
2-year Malus transitoria tree - in a 12L pot
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.
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).
Malus transitoria characteristics
- Attractive features:
Attractive flowers Attractive fruit Autumn foliage colour
- Height 10 years:
2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
- Growth habit:
- Useful for:
- Blossom duration:
- Hardiness rating (RHS):
H6 (to -20C)
- Disease resistance:
- Gardening skill:
Suitable for beginners
- Country of origin:
- Flower colour:
- Flower form:
Single flower (5-8 petals)
- Flower size:
- Leaf colour:
- Leaf colour - autumn:
Orange / Gold
- Fruit colour:
- Fruit size:
- Annual cycle:
RHS Award of Garden Merit
- Fruit persistence:
Ripens over a period
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.