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Crabapple, Flowering Crabapple 'Maypole'


Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Malus (MAY-lus) (Info)
Cultivar: Maypole
Additional cultivar information:(Ballerina Series)
Hybridized by East Malling Research Station
Registered or introduced: 1984
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8-10 ft. (2.4-3 m)


6-8 ft. (1.8-2.4 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

Light Shade

Bloom Time:

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Rootstock Vigor:

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Bearing Habit:

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Disease Resistance:

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Fruit Usage:


Other details:

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Patent Information:


Propagation Methods:

From softwood cuttings

By grafting

By budding

Foliage Color:

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Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round


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

Atlanta, Georgia

Clermont, Kentucky

Georgetown, Kentucky

Lexington, Kentucky

Louisville, Kentucky

West Jefferson, Ohio

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Gardeners' Notes:


On Sep 9, 2016, WJT from West Jefferson, OH wrote:

I have planted several of these over the last 18 years. One of these trees is now over 15 feet tall and has a trunk diameter over 5 inches across. These trees have had no disease problems and only require spraying to get perfect fruit.
The flowers are always very showy, and the fruit is red and up to 2 inches across. The fruit is very abundant with older trees and can be a minor inconvenience in high traffic areas(such as by patios) if it is not used. I would highly recommend this tree, but without pruning it will get much taller than ten feet over time. This tree has required no care at all once established, and without pruning it will develop multiple trunks but still have a fairly narrow columnar habit-the one that is over 15 feet tall is still only about five feet wide at it's ... read more


On Aug 8, 2012, lseddins from Atlanta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

My Maypole has been a delight ever since it was set out around May 1, 2007, but I do have a question about the fruit. The tree lives in Atlanta, GA and begins leafing out near the beginning of March and has flowers by the end of March. Around the first of August, the fruit begins to fall from my tree. This seems a little early for it to be ripe, doesn't it? My source for the tree tells me, "When picking, just lift them upward quickly. If theyre ready, they will come loose without damage to the tree." Also, I'm told, the seeds will turn from white to brown. If I knew they were ripe, I'd pick the ones left on the tree and make jelly, perhaps. However, I do not know how to test whether the apples are ripe (I cannot do a taste test), at least not in any "noninvasive" way. Perhaps I m... read more