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Purple Flowering Crab*

Malus x purpurea

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Purple Flowering Crab (Malus x purpurea) at Cole's Florist & Garden Centre

Purple Flowering Crab flowers

Purple Flowering Crab flowers

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Purple Flowering Crab (Malus x purpurea) at Cole's Florist & Garden Centre

Purple Flowering Crab in bloom

Purple Flowering Crab in bloom

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* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  20 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Purple-leaf Crab, Roseybloom, Crabapple


A captivating variety, smothered in fragrant rose pink flowers in spring followed by purplish-red fruit in fall; emerging purple-red leaves mature to green with a purple blush; needs well-drained soil and full sun; makes a great landscape accent

Ornamental Features

Purple Flowering Crab is covered in stunning clusters of fragrant rose flowers along the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive red flower buds before the leaves. The fruits are showy red pomes carried in abundance from early to mid fall. It has dark green foliage which emerges plum purple in spring. The glossy oval leaves turn yellow in fall. The smooth brown bark adds an interesting dimension to the landscape.

Landscape Attributes

Purple Flowering Crab is a dense deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a more or less rounded form. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other landscape plants with less refined foliage.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Messy
  • Disease

Purple Flowering Crab is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Purple Flowering Crab will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 1 foot from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a slow rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 40 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This species is not originally from North America.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Shade 
Flowers  Fruit  Plant Form  Bark  Winter Value 
Ornamental Features