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Malus hybrids

Description

Malus hybrids can be very showy for a short period in spring. Some cultivars have ornamental fruit. Its form is usually round to spreading crown and can be vase-shaped; however, form varies with spp. and cultivar. Malus hybrids tolerate a range of soil types but prefers slightly acidic, moist well-drained soil. Plant as a specimen, in groupings, along borders, or in parks.  This tree is frequently damaged by deer.

Insects, Diseases, and Other Plant Problems:  Apple scab can be a problem, look for disease-resistant cultivars.

Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Centurion
  • Indian Magic
  • Indian Summer
  • Prairifire
  • Robinson
  • Royal Raindrops
  • Sargent
  • Sugar Tyme
Tags:
#red#white#pink#sun#showy flowers#deciduous#fall color#birds#full sun#spring#specimen#white flowers#wildlife plant#pink flowers#showy#red flowers#tree#spring flowers#fall interest#park#flowering tree#food source#cpp#edible fruits#borders#small groups
 
Cultivars / Varieties:
  • Centurion
  • Indian Magic
  • Indian Summer
  • Prairifire
  • Robinson
  • Royal Raindrops
  • Sargent
  • Sugar Tyme
Tags:
#red#white#pink#sun#showy flowers#deciduous#fall color#birds#full sun#spring#specimen#white flowers#wildlife plant#pink flowers#showy#red flowers#tree#spring flowers#fall interest#park#flowering tree#food source#cpp#edible fruits#borders#small groups
  • Attributes:
    Genus:
    Malus
    Species:
    hybrids
    Family:
    Roseaceae
    Life Cycle:
    Woody
    Wildlife Value:
    Fruits attract birds but it is not a favorite food source. 350 species of lepidoptera catepillars feed on this tree which is another food source for birds.
    Particularly Resistant To (Insects/Diseases/Other Problems):
    a range of soil types
    Edibility:
    Eat flowers only in moderation, they contain cyanide precursors. Fruits are edible but must be cooked to be palatable.
    Dimensions:
    Height: 15 ft. 0 in. - 25 ft. 0 in.
    Width: 10 ft. 0 in. - 20 ft. 0 in.
  • Whole Plant Traits:
    Plant Type:
    Edible
    Tree
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Habit/Form:
    Mounding
    Rounded
    Spreading
    Vase
    Growth Rate:
    Medium
    Texture:
    Medium
  • Cultural Conditions:
    Light:
    Full sun (6 or more hours of direct sunlight a day)
    Soil Texture:
    Clay
    Loam (Silt)
    Sand
    Soil pH:
    Acid (<6.0)
    Neutral (6.0-8.0)
    Soil Drainage:
    Good Drainage
    Moist
    Available Space To Plant:
    12-24 feet
    Usda Plant Hardiness Zone:
    4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b
  • Fruit:
    Fruit Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Green
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    Fruit Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Showy
    Display/Harvest Time:
    Fall
    Fruit Type:
    Pome
    Fruit Length:
    1-3 inches
    Fruit Description:
    Red, green or yellow edibl pome up to 2" size. Fruit can be dulled red-purple (look like a dulled cranberry) with a tan circle ring at the end.
  • Flowers:
    Flower Color:
    Pink
    Purple/Lavender
    Red/Burgundy
    White
    Flower Value To Gardener:
    Edible
    Flower Bloom Time:
    Spring
    Flower Petals:
    4-5 petals/rays
    Flower Description:
    White, pink, purple, or red 5-petaled flowers in mid to late spring. Flowers can be single or double.
  • Leaves:
    Leaf Characteristics:
    Deciduous
    Leaf Color:
    Green
    Deciduous Leaf Fall Color:
    Gold/Yellow
    Leaf Type:
    Simple
    Leaf Arrangement:
    Alternate
    Leaf Shape:
    Ovate
    Leaf Margin:
    Serrate
    Hairs Present:
    No
    Leaf Length:
    3-6 inches
    Leaf Width:
    1-3 inches
    Leaf Description:
    Leaves are simple and alternate mostly ovate, 2"-4" long and 2" wide. Serrated margins with acumate to acute apex and yellow fall color. Malus 'royal raindrops' has leaves are that serrate and have clearly seen veins (in a light-brown, tan, or even reddish-brown color) on top with an underside that is a pale-green.
  • Bark:
    Bark Color:
    Dark Brown
    Dark Gray
    Red/Burgundy
    Surface/Attachment:
    Ridges
    Bark Description:
    Gray to brown and gets more scaby, blotchy, and rough with age. Malus 'Royal Raindrops' has gray bark that has reddish-gray-brown streaks.
  • Stem:
    Stem Is Aromatic:
    No
  • Landscape:
    Landscape Location:
    Recreational Play Area
    Landscape Theme:
    Edible Garden
    Design Feature:
    Border
    Flowering Tree
    Small groups
    Specimen
    Attracts:
    Songbirds