Cardinal Flowering Crabapple

Malus hupehensis 'Cardinal'

An exquisite spring show of purple buds that open to vibrant red flowers in spring, followed by small, lustrous, deep red fruit, on an elegant, densely branched, vase-shaped, compact tree. Spring foliage emerges purple-red, turns a purplish green in summer, and changes to a yellow-orange in fall. Resistant to apple scab and mildew. Deciduous.
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Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.

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Botanical PronunciationMAY-lus hew-pay-EN-sis
LoreAlthough commonly recognized as species M. hupehensis, 'Cardinal' is a hybrid, from Malus 'Strawberry Parfait' x Malus 'Crimson Cloud' parentage. 'Cardinal' is noted for its improved disease resistance over the M. hupehensis species, with excellent resistance to common crabapple diseases, including fire blight, of which others of the M. hupehensis species are particularly susceptible.
Average Size at MaturityModerate growing; reaches 15 to 25 ft. tall, 20 to 30 ft. wide.
Bloom TimeSpring
Deciduous/ EvergreenDeciduous
Flower AttributeFragrant, Showy Flowers
Flower ColorRed
Foliage ColorDark Green
Garden StyleAsian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage, Mediterranean, Rustic
Growth HabitCompact
Growth RateModerate
Landscape UseEspalier, Mass Planting, Specimen, Urban Garden, Kitchen Garden
Light NeedsFull sun
Soil NeedsAll-Purpose Plant Food
Special FeatureDense Habit, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Edible, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, Improved Disease Resistance, Showy Fruit, Bird Friendly, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Compact Form
Water NeedsModerate
Watering NeedsWater regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
Companion PlantsFlowering Cherry (Prunus); Butterfly Bush (Buddleja); Daylily (Hemerocallis); Bee Balm (Monarda); Lavender (Lavandula)

Provide enriched, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly during first few growing seasons to establish an extensive root system; once established, reduce frequency. Feed before new spring growth appears. Thin heavy crops in early summer to prevent breakage or damage. Prune as needed to remove dead or damaged wood, or maintain smaller size.

This Plant's Growing Zones: 4-8

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