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MALUS x robusta 'Yellow Siberian'

Image of Malus x robusta 'Yellow Siberian'

Jesse Saylor



Botanical Name

MALUS x robusta 'Yellow Siberian'

Plant Common Name

Hybrid Siberian Crabapple, Yellow Siberian Crabapple

Special Notice

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General Description

The large-growing hybrid Siberian crabapple cultivar 'Yellow Siberian' covers itself in mid-spring with pink-tinged white blossom that becomes a very numerous crop of yellow fruits later. This deciduous tree has a tall spreading habit to almost pyramid-like, making it a nice blend of ornamental flowering fruit tree and attractive shade tree. It is a hybrid created with the cross of two east Asian crabapples, Malus baccata and Malus prunifolia.

The slender oval leaves are dark green with teeth on the edges and emerge just after flowering starts in mid- to late spring (depending on climate or elevation). The white flowers and tinged with pink and are fragrant, attract bees, and give way to copious amounts of small cherry-like yellow fruits. Birds relish the early autumn ripening fruits, which persist for months and are produced annually, in even heavier amounts in alternate years. In autumn, the leaves turn shades of yellow.

Grow 'Yellow Siberian' in full sun in a fertile, well-drained, loamy soil with average moisture. This is an undemanding tree that tolerates a wide range of soils but is best in slightly acidic conditions. It needs a long period of cold in winter to flower fully in spring. It tolerates heat but grows best in cool to warm summers and in soil that never becomes overly dry. Use this impressive crabapple as an accent or shade tree in a spacious lawn. The small fruits are sweetly acidic and are great in preserves. Watch out for root crown rot on this selection.


  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    3 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24

  • Plant Type


  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun, Partial Sun

  • Height

    33'-38' / 10.1m - 11.6m

  • Width

    25'-30' / 7.6m - 9.1m

  • Bloom Time


  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline

  • Soil Drainage

    Well Drained

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam, Sand

  • Growth Rate


  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit


  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer, Fall

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest


  • Fragrant Flowers


  • Fragrant Fruit


  • Fragrant Foliage


  • Bark or Stem Fragrant


  • Repeat Bloomer


  • Showy Fruit


  • Edible Fruit


  • Showy Foliage


  • Evergreen


  • Showy Bark


Special Characteristics

  • Usage

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

  • Sharp or Has Thorns


  • Invasive


  • Self-Sowing