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Flowering Crabapple 'Centurion'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malus (MAY-lus) (Info)
Cultivar: Centurion
Hybridized by Bob Simpson, Simpson Nursery Co.
Registered or introduced: 1978
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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)


8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)

USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)

USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)

USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)

USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)

USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)

USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)

USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)

USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)

USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Time:

Mid season flowering


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Rootstock Vigor:

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Bearing Habit:

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Disease Resistance:

Resistant to Apple Powdery Mildew

Resistant to Cedar-Apple Rust

Resistant to Fireblight

Fruit Usage:


Other details:

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Patent Information:

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Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

By grafting

By budding

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Flowers are fragrant

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

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This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Clermont, Kentucky

Georgetown, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Princeton, Massachusetts

Traverse City, Michigan

Kaysville, Utah

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Feb 4, 2007, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

Centurion crabapple is another excellent introduction from the love and labors of the late Bob Simpson of Vincennes IN. He was well known for his deliberative approach to observing, selecting, and naming high quality ornamental plants for the midwest US. Such plants as 'Winter Red' winterberry and 'Winter King' hawthorn were the "fruits" of his labor. Crabapples were near and dear to him as well.

Centurion (patented by Lake County Nursery as 'Centzam') is a narrower form crabapple with single rose-red flowers and small glossy cherry red fruit that persist into winter. It has shown some scab susceptibility in OH trials.