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


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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Gardeners' Notes:


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.


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.


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.