Flowering Crabapple
Malus 'Cardinal's Robe'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malus (MAY-lus) (Info)
Cultivar: Cardinal's Robe
Hybridized by Father John L. Fiala
Registered or introduced: 1970
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Height:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Spacing:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)

10-12 ft. (3-3.6 m)

Hardiness:

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)

USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Sun to Partial Shade

Bloom Time:

Mid season flowering

Pollination:

Diploid

Rootstock Vigor:

Very vigorous

Bearing Habit:

Spur

Disease Resistance:

Resistant to Apple Scab

Resistant to Apple Powdery Mildew

Resistant to Cedar-Apple Rust

Resistant to Fireblight

Fruit Usage:

Crab

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:

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Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

By grafting

By budding

Regional

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

Clermont, Kentucky

Georgetown, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Gardeners' Notes:

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

'Cardinal's Robe' crabapple is a small rounded to spreading tree to 12 ft high (3.5 m) and as wide. It has unique bark among crabapples, with stippling like cherry bark, which is very attractive in winter. This smaller tree has disease resistant dark red-green leaves; bright orange-red buds opening to rose-red single flowers produced in great profusion; and bright red firm persistent round fruit.

'Cardinal's Robe' crabapple has established and grown vigorously here in KY, and should be an excellent tree for landscaping.

'Cardinal's Robe' crabapple was named by Father Fiala to honor a friend, James Cardinal Hickey, Washington, DC.