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MALUS 'Purple Prince'

Image of Malus 'Purple Prince' PP8478

Jesse Saylor

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

MALUS 'Purple Prince' PP8478

Plant Common Name

Crabapple, Flowering Crabapple, Purple Prince Crabapple

General Description

This patented crabapple, ‘Purple Prince,’ is a small, rounded, tree with purplish-green leaves, rosy-red flower buds and flowers, and deep-burgundy fruits in autumn. This hybrid, disease-resistant deciduous crabapple has oval leaves that emerge purplish just after the flower buds open and turn green with a purplish or bronze cast. In mid-spring the bare branches are covered in red flower buds that open to fragrant, rosy pink blossoms that attract bees. The flowers are followed by a crop of small, glossy, apples. In autumn, the leaves turn a mottled mosaic of green, yellow and orange-red. Birds will rob the fruits for a meal, stripping the tree in winter.

Plant 'Purple Prince' 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 stressed and shabby unless watered during prolonged dry spells. It is not well-suited to long, humid, wet summers or the heat and aridity of low deserts. It needs a long period of cold in winter to flower well in spring. Use this small tree as an espalier, at a corner of a building, or in a foundation planting. It is a nice rounded tree that looks at home in the back of a mixed border or used as a modest lawn tree.

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

    18'-20' / 5.5m - 6.1m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late 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, Summer, 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

    Yes

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Feature Plant, Foundation, Shade Trees, Topiary / Bonsai / Espalier

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Self-Sowing

    Yes