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MALUS 'Jewelberry'

Image of Malus 'Jewelberry'

Jesse Saylor

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

MALUS 'Jewelberry'

Plant Common Name

Crabapple, Flowering Crabapple, Jewelberry Crabapple

General Description

A small, spreading tree for a splendid show of color in a tight space, ‘Jewelberry’ crabapple covers its branches with flowers in spring and fruits in fall. This hybrid deciduous tree has a domed shape with outward reaching branches. In mid-spring pink flower buds arise in profusion all along the bare branches and open to white flowers that are fragrant. Bees pollinate the flowers, producing a modest crop of pea-sized apples that mature to a glossy red by early autumn. The leaves are green and emerge just after the flowers open. The fall foliage is green, mottled with yellow, orange and orange-red. Birds eat the fruits and may strip the tree by the time winter begins.

Plant 'Jewelberry' in full sun in any moderately fertile, deep, well-drained soil that is moist throughout the growing season. Like most crabapples, it tolerates some drought but needs watering in prolonged dry spells or the leave wither and drop. It is not well-suited to long, humid, wet summers or the heat and aridity of low deserts, and is susceptible to fireblight and scab. An extended cold period is needed each winter to ensure production of flowers in the springtime. Use this small tree in a small- sized landscape such as a courtyard, or in a foundation bed, at the rear of a mixed border, or trained as an 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

    8'-12' / 2.4m - 3.7m

  • Width

    10'-12' / 3.0m - 3.7m

  • 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

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Fragrant Flowers

    Yes

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • 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

    Container, Feature Plant, Foundation, Mixed Border, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes