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Flowering Crabapple
Malus 'Satin Cloud'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malus (MAY-lus) (Info)
Cultivar: Satin Cloud
Additional cultivar information:(PP6956)
Hybridized by Fiala
Registered or introduced: 1970
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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 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

Sun to Partial Shade

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 Scab

Resistant to Apple Powdery Mildew

Resistant to Cedar-Apple Rust

Resistant to Fireblight

Fruit Usage:


Other details:

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

Flowers are fragrant

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Provides winter interest

Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

By grafting

By budding


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

Clermont, Kentucky

Georgetown, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Gardeners' Notes:


On May 14, 2009, rebecca101 from Madison, WI (Zone 5a) wrote:

Of over 100 trees that I have viewed at the University of Wisconsin-Madison arboretum, this one has the most outstanding fragrance by far. The tree has a delicious sweet-spicy clove fragrance that is uncommonly strong. It is also a very beautiful tree, with shiny dark reddish bark.


On Feb 25, 2007, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

'Satin Cloud' crabapple was named for its appearance in bloom as a rounded satin cloud. This fine Fiala selection was introduced and patented by Klehm Nursery, South Barrington, IL.

This disease resistant compact crabapple is a very rounded (as if sheared) tree to 10 ft high and wide (3 m x 3 m). It has very fine branches, very heavily textured leathery deep rich green leaves in summer, and is graced with brilliant shades of orange-red and purple in the autumn.

The abundant buds are pale, faintly pink-white, opening to large, single, pure white flowers that have a delightful cinnamon-clove fragrance which is very strong on older trees. The fruit is small, turning from green-yellow to amber-yellow, and is persistent.

As this new tree becomes... read more