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MALUS 'Indian Summer'
Crabapple, Flowering Crabapple, Indian Summer Crabapple
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.
8 - 1
3 - 8
A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
18'-20' / 5.5m - 6.1m
19'-22' / 5.8m - 6.7m
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Fall, Winter
Edible, Feature Plant, Foundation, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Shade Trees, Street Trees, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier
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