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PlantFiles: Japanese Flowering Crabapple
Malus floribunda

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malus (MAY-lus) (Info)
Species: floribunda (flor-ih-BUN-duh) (Info)

Synonym:Pyrus floribunda

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)
20-30 ft. (6-9 m)

20-30 ft. (6-9 m)
30-40 ft. (9-12 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:
Early season flowering

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Bearing Habit:
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Disease Resistance:
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Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Flowers are fragrant
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Patent Information:

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
From semi-hardwood cuttings
From seed; direct sow outdoors in fall
From seed; winter sow in vented containers, coldframe or unheated greenhouse
From seed; stratify if sowing indoors
By grafting

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2 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Neutral escambiaguy On Nov 21, 2005, escambiaguy from Atmore, AL (Zone 8b) wrote:

I love the way flowering crabapples look in bloom and they do provide food for wildlife, but having to constantly control fireblight and cedar apple rust makes them too much trouble for me to deal with.

Positive melody On Jan 25, 2005, melody from Benton, KY (Zone 7a) wrote:

Easy to grow and hardy in most areas.

Flowering crabapples are a nice addition to many landscapes. Beautiful blooms in the spring and the fruits attract birds and wildlife all fall and winter.

Many colors and hybrids are available, and they take many forms and sizes. Care should be taken to match the cultivar to the area that it its to be planted.

The fruits can get a touch messy if planted near driveways, so I would avoid that.

Positive MossRose On Apr 27, 2003, MossRose from Albany, MO (Zone 5a) wrote:

Planted five years ago, from a 5 gallon container, this tree has been healthy and flowered each year. It does not drop its fruit. The leaves are deep green with maroon edges and maroon stems. I lost few blossoms in 30 mph winds. A wonderful tree.


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

Benton, Arkansas
San Leandro, California
Denver, Colorado
Canton, Georgia
Benton, Kentucky
Edgewood, Maryland
Albany, Missouri
Lincoln, Nebraska
Piscataway, New Jersey
Cincinnati, Ohio
Glouster, Ohio
Winston, Oregon
Broaddus, Texas
Falling Waters, West Virginia

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