Malus 'Mazam'Item #2836 USDA Hardiness Zone: 4 - 8
Compact, upright tree requiring no pruning or trimming to maintain its naturally symmetrical form. Madonna, with its wonderfully fragrant double white flowers, is among the first of the crabapple varieties to show color in the spring and outlasts most other varieties. Golden red, cherry size fruit in fall. Deciduous.
- DetailBotanical Pronunciation:MAY-lusPlant type:TreeDeciduous/evergreen:DeciduousGrowth habit:CompactGrowth rate:FastAverage landscape size:Fast growing, upright tree 18 ft. tall and 10 ft. wide.Special features:Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies, Deer Resistant, Improved Pest and Disease Resistance, PollenizerFoliage color:Dark GreenBlooms:SpringFlower color:WhitePatent Act:Asexual reproduction of plants protected by the Plant Patent Act is prohibited during the life of the patent.Design IdeasThis trees small stature make it perfect for the home landscape. Use it as a specimen or plant several as a backdrop to the formal garden in low lying, moist areas. The long lasting, white blooms match well with all multi-colored beds. Use in foundation planting or break up a long fence line. Can be easily trained as a fruit bearing espalier.Companion PlantsThe long bloom season and pure, white blooms pair with so many plants. Add color to the garden with Lilacs, Weigela, and Clematis or stick with a moonlight garden and plant alongside other big, white bloomers like Hydrangea, Mock Orange, and Eastern Snowball. Create a culinary garden with Rosemary, Sage, Grape and Blueberry.
- CareCare InformationFollow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.Pruning time: spring after flowering.Light Needs:Full sunWatering Needs:Needs regular watering - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
- History & LoreHistory:Malus is native to the temperate zones in the Northern Hemisphere including North America, Europe and Asia. Crabapples have been hybridized over the years to develop disease resistant varieties. Madonna was discovered by Father John Fiala in 1978 as one of a group of unnamed seedling hybrids on his cultivated property in Medina, Ohio. While Crabapples are not typically a food crop, the juice is used in jellies and added to other Apple varieties in cider. Crabapples are great pollenizers for apple orchards due to their abundance of blooms. The wood is popular for smoking and they are quite frequently used in bonsai.