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PlantFiles: 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; Year of Registration or Introduction: 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

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Gardeners' Notes:

Positive rebecca101 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.

Positive ViburnumValley 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 available, it will be excellent for the small home garden and for any focal point in the landscape.


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

Clermont, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky

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