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Malus coronaria (L.) Mill.
Sweet crabapple, American crab
Synonym(s): Malus bracteata, Malus coronaria var. coronaria, Malus coronaria var. dasycalyx, Malus coronaria var. elongata, Malus coronaria var. lancifolia, Malus glabrata, Malus glaucescens, Malus lancifolia, Pyrus bracteata, Pyrus coronaria, Pyrus coronaria var. dasycalyx, Pyrus coronaria var. elongata, Pyrus coronaria var. lancifolia, Pyrus glaucescens, Pyrus lancifolia
USDA Symbol: maco5
USDA Native Status: L48 (N), CAN (N)
A 20-30 ft. tree with a short trunk and wide-spreading head. Flowers are white, tinged with rose. Yellow-green fruit is not showy by ornamental standards.
The common crabapple of the Ohio Valley, it is sometimes planted as an ornamental. Double-flowered varieties have a greater number of larger and deeper pink flowers. The fruit can be made into preserves and cider.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Tree Autumn Foliage:
Green Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun
, WY Canada: BC
, ON Native Distribution:
to s. WI,
s. to DE,
upland NC, GA
& n.e. AR Native Habitat:
Stream banks; open woods; woodland edges
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist soils.
Conditions Comments: Very susceptible to rust.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Crabapple thickets provide nesting sites, shelter, and food for large and small birds.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes
Interesting variations in flower
color can be obtained by growing Malus spp. from seed. Seed Collection:
Not Available Seed Treatment:
Seed dormancy can be overcome by cold stratification (37-41 degrees for 30-120 days). Commercially Avail:
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
American Native Nursery
- Quakertown, PA
Record Last Modified: 2012-05-07
Research By: TWC Staff