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MALUS 'Kelsey'

Image of Malus 'Kelsey'

Jesse Saylor

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

MALUS 'Kelsey'

Plant Common Name

Crabapple, Flowering Crabapple, Kelsey Crabapple

General Description

Among the hardiest of crabapples, ‘Kelsey’ is a broad deciduous tree that covers itself with a cloud of flowers in spring followed by a heavy crop of small fruits that hang on the tree in a show of color all winter. In mid-spring the bare branches are covered in pink flower buds that open to fragrant, double (extra petals), rosy-pink blossoms that have occasional flushes of white. Bees pollinate the flowers, producing a crop of acorn-sized, purple-red apples. Birds eat the fruits and may strip the tree by mid-winter. The leaves are oval and emerge reddish amid the flowers and become green with bronze hues by summer. The fall foliage is a mottled mosaic of yellow and orange.

Plant 'Kelsey' 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 during prolonged dry spells or its leaves wither and drop. It is not well-suited to long, humid, wet summers or the aridity of low deserts. An extended cold period is needed each winter to ensure production of flowers in the spring. Plant ‘Kelsey’ in an open space to feature its eye-catching display of pink flowers and red leaves.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    7 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    2 - 7

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, 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

    15'-18' / 4.6m - 5.5m

  • Width

    15'-18' / 4.6m - 5.5m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • 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

  • Foliage Color (Fall) Modifier

    Spotted/Mottled

  • 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

    Yes

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Edible, Feature Plant, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Shade Trees

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    No