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MALUS 'Madonna'

Image of Malus 'Madonna'

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

MALUS 'Madonna'

Plant Common Name

Crabapple, Flowering Crabapple, Madonna Crabapple

General Description

A column-like tree with a long bloom season, 'Madonna' fills its upright branches with pinkish buds and double white flowers in spring and bi-colored fruits in fall. This hybrid, disease-resistant deciduous tree has an erect, narrow shape with green oval leaves that emerge bronzed just after the flower buds. In mid-spring,light pink flower buds arise all along the bare branches and open to white flowers that are fragrant and attractive to bees. The flowers are followed by pea-sized apples that mature to yellow with a red cheek. In autumn the leaves turn green, yellow, orange and orange-red. Birds will rob the apples for a meal in autumn, often stripping the tree by the start of winter.

Plant 'Madonna' in full sun in any moderately fertile, deep, well-drained soil that is moist throughout the growing season. Although it tolerates some drought, this tree will look distressed and shabby unless watered during prolonged dry periods. Like most crabapples, is not well-suited to long, humid, wet summers or the aridity and heat of low deserts. An extended cold period is needed each winter to ensure production of flowers in the spring. Use this narrow tree as a specimen in the lawn or small courtyard, to line a street or driveway, or as an erect 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

    16'-20' / 4.9m - 6.1m

  • Width

    8'-10' / 2.4m - 3.0m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Habit

    Narrow Upright/Fastigiate

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

Special Characteristics