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Flowering Crabapple
Malus 'Molten Lava'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malus (MAY-lus) (Info)
Cultivar: Molten Lava
Hybridized by Fr. John L. Fiala
Registered or introduced: 1980
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Height:

15-20 ft. (4.7-6 m)

Spacing:

8-10 ft. (2.4-3 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)

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun

Bloom Time:

Mid season flowering

Pollination:

Unknown - Tell us

Rootstock Vigor:

Unknown - Tell us

Bearing Habit:

Unknown - Tell us

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

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Patent Information:

Non-patented

Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

By grafting

By budding

Regional

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

Andover, Kansas

Clermont, Kentucky

Georgetown, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral

On Mar 27, 2008, ic_conifers from Iowa City, IA (Zone 5a) wrote:

I purchased one from my local nursery and planted it on the east side of the house, where it had plenty of light and air. It did okay for a month, then promptly kicked the bucket, just went brown almost overnight and lost its leaves. I called the nursery and they sent someone out, who confirmed it was indeed dead. None of us know why it happened, there were no signs of insects or disease. I chose not to get another 'Molten Lava' but instead put a flowering plum in that spot. This would be a negative review if I did not have a nagging doubt that I over-watered. The tree expert did not think it was over-watering.