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MALUS 'Indian Summer'

Image of Malus 'Indian Summer'

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Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

MALUS 'Indian Summer'

Plant Common Name

Crabapple, Flowering Crabapple, Indian Summer Crabapple

General Description

A medium-sized, rounded and wider than tall crabapple, ‘Indian Summer’ is prized for its profusion of flowers and fruit, fall color and good disease resistance. Crimson buds clothe the branches in spring and open to rose-red flowers followed by bright red fruits that mature in fall and persist into winter. Birds eat the fruits and can strip the tree by winter. The leaves are oval, emerge purplish when young, turn medium green for most of the growing season and display good orange-red fall color. This crabapple has good resistance to the common diseases: scab, fire blight, rust, leaf spot and powdery mildew.

Plant 'Indian Summer' in full sun in any moderately fertile, deep, well-drained soil that is moist throughout the growing season. Like most crabapples ‘Indian Summer’ tolerates some drought but must be watered during prolonged dry spells or its leaves will wither and drop. It is not well-suited to long, humid, wet summers or heat and aridity of low deserts. An extended cold period is needed each winter to ensure production of flowers in the springtime. Use this tree in a spacious foundation bed, as a lawn specimen, or trained as a wide-reaching espalier.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21

  • Plant Type

    Tree

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    18'-20' / 5.5m - 6.1m

  • Width

    19'-22' / 5.8m - 6.7m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate

    Medium

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Oval/Rounded

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Fall, Winter

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color Modifier

    Multi-Color

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    No

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Edible, Feature Plant, Foundation, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Shade Trees, Street Trees, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No