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PlantFiles: Flowering Crabapple
Malus 'Cardinal'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malus (MAY-lus) (Info)
Cultivar: Cardinal
Additional cultivar information: (PP7147)
Hybridized by Flemer; Year of Registration or Introduction: 1988

Synonym:Malus hupehensis

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15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 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

Bloom Time:
Unknown - Tell us

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Rootstock Vigor:
Unknown - Tell us

Bearing Habit:
Unknown - Tell us

Disease Resistance:
Unknown - Tell us

Fruit Usage:

Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Patent Information:
Patent expired

Propagation Methods:
From softwood cuttings
By grafting
By budding

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3 positives
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive bgp1 On Nov 29, 2009, bgp1 from Tecumseh, MI (Zone 5b) wrote:

A nice tree with a unique form. My tree was a bargain tree from Lowe's last year. It has a weeping structure to it and flowers and produces pretty heavily. The flowers are a pink color and the fruit is about a half-inch in diameter. My information says this tree will grow to about 15 feet tall and wide. It doesn't seem to be a horribly fast grower.

I personally do not like the taste of these crabapples as they are very bitter to me. Perhaps you could make jams or jellies from them with lots of sugar. My dog likes to eat the fruit straight from the tree. Deer also seem to really enjoy eating these fruits as well, and will normally break branches reaching fruit that would otherwise be out of reach. Birds also like eating these fruits in the winter, although this year the fruit didn't even last until November. The American Robin seems to particularly enjoy eating the fruit. This is an absolutely wonderful tree to encourage wildlife in the yard.

Positive nhplanter On Nov 22, 2009, nhplanter from Washington, NH (Zone 5b) wrote:

I planted a "Cardinal" crabapple a few years back and it has done quite well. It has been a vigorous grower, sets a fair amount of fruit and has gorgeous scarlet foliage all summer long. It is also beginning to take a classic vase shape common to tea crabapples with no pruning.

Neutral Joan On Oct 24, 2009, Joan from Belfield, ND (Zone 4a) wrote:

Editor's Note

Plant Patent number 7147 has expired
Positive ViburnumValley On Feb 4, 2007, ViburnumValley from Scott County, KY (Zone 5b) wrote:

'Cardinal' crabapple is a Princeton Nursery (NJ) introduction for a superlative red flowered and red-foliaged ornamental crab. It is quite disease resistant, but doesn't set many fruit for winter interest. It is a standard sized crabapple, reaching the 15-20' height and spread.


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

Clermont, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky
Tecumseh, Michigan
Traverse City, Michigan
Washington, New Hampshire

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