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Malus transitoria
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Malus transitoria

Crab Apple

Description: A wide spreading tree with small, delicate, narrowly lobed leaves, that turn yellow-gold in autumn. The white star-shaped flowers appear as a white cloud, followed by small, abundant yellow fruits.

History: Introduced in 1911 by William Purdom from Yenan-fu, Shensi in north-western China, where it is native. Received the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.

Malus Growing Tips: Crab Apples are self-fertile, and very useful as pollinators for a variety of fruit trees. Full sun or part shade lover, best grown in fertile, moist, deep, loamy soils. Requires minimal pruning in late winter or spring to remove damaged, diseased or misplaced growth.

Height and Spread (after 10 years): 4m x 3m

General attributes

Award-winning Award-winning
Text Green Foliage
Text Bushy

Ornamental attributes

Small tree size after 10 years Small tree size after 10 years
Autumn colour Autumn colour
Open space planting Open space planting
Flowering month - April Flowering month - April
Fruit for wildlife Fruit for wildlife
Clay tolerant Clay tolerant
Replacement prune Replacement prune
Disease resistance Disease resistance