Malus ‘Cardinal’, or flowering crab is a densely-branched, broad-spreading crabapple tree that will typically reach a height of 15 feet and a width of 25 feet. It is noted for its wonderful spreading shape, bright red flowers, purple-tinged foliage, small glossy red fruit, and excellent disease resistance.
Narrow-ovate leaves (about 3 inches in length) emerge purplish-red in spring and mature to dark green tinged with reddish-purple. Purple buds open in spring to red flowers (1.5 inches across). Flowers are followed by small, deep red crabapples (1/2 inch in diameter) that mature in fall and persist into winter. Although this plant appears is a hybrid, it is sometime sold as Malus hupehensis ‘Cardinal’
How to Make Your Malus ‘Cardinal’, Flowering Crab Thrive
Malus ‘Cardinal’, or flowering crabs are best grown in loamy, medium moisture, well-drained, acidic soils in full sun, but they will adapt to a wide range of soils.
Malus ‘Cardinal’, Flowering Crab General Information
Diseases and Pests
Malus ‘Cardinal’ exhibits excellent disease resistance to the main diseases of crabapples: apple scab, fire blight, rusts, leaf spot and powdery mildew. Potential insect pests are of lesser concern include tent caterpillars, aphids, Japanese beetles, borers, spider mites and scale.
Prune as needed in late winter.
This flowering crabapple makes a specimen planting, it also makes a real statement small groups.
- Family: Rosaceae
- Common Name: Crabapple
- Plant Type: Tree
- Hardiness Zones: Zones 5 to 8
- Height: 10 to 15 feet
- Width: 15 to 25 feet
- Bloom Time: April
- Bloom Description: Red
- Sun: Full sun
- Water Requirement: Medium
- Maintenance: Low
- Attracts: Birds, Butterflies
- Fruit: Showy, Edible
- Tolerate: Air Pollution
How to Prune Crabapples