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Malus transitoria

Malus transitoria fruitlets

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 crab-apple trees for sale

  • 1-year bare-root tree £19.95
    Large size (3m-5m after 10 years)
    Out of stock

History

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 characteristics

  • Growing

    • Awards:RHS Award of Garden Merit
    • Gardening skill:Beginner
    • Attractive features:Attractive flowersAttractive fruitAutumn foliage colour
    • Growth habit:Spreading
    • Height after 10 years:2.5m-3.5m / 8ft-12ft
    • Flower colour:White
    • Flower form:Single flower (5-8 petals)
    • Leaf colour - autumn:Orange / Gold
    • Leaf colour - summer:Green
    • Fruit colour:Yellow
  • Identification

    • Fruit size:Small
    • Country of origin:China
    • Annual cycle:Deciduous
  • Using

    • Wildlife:RHS perfect for pollinatorsAttractive to birds
    • Fruit persistence:Ripens over a period

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 transitoria 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.