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PlantFiles: Flowering Crabapple
Malus 'Molten Lava'

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Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malus (MAY-lus) (Info)
Cultivar: Molten Lava
Hybridized by Fr. John L. Fiala; Year of Registration or Introduction: 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

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Gardeners' Notes:

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Neutral ic_conifers 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.

Regional...

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

Andover, Kansas
Clermont, Kentucky
Georgetown, Kentucky
Lexington, Kentucky
Louisville, Kentucky



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