Cardinal Flowering Crabapple
Malus hupehensis 'Cardinal'
Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
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|Botanical Pronunciation||MAY-lus hew-pay-EN-sis|
|Lore||Although 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 Maturity||Moderate growing; reaches 15 to 25 ft. tall, 20 to 30 ft. wide.|
|Flower Attribute||Fragrant, Showy Flowers|
|Foliage Color||Dark Green|
|Garden Style||Asian/Zen, Contemporary, Cottage, Mediterranean, Rustic|
|Landscape Use||Espalier, Mass Planting, Specimen, Urban Garden, Kitchen Garden|
|Light Needs||Full sun|
|Soil Needs||All-Purpose Plant Food|
|Special Feature||Dense Habit, Dramatic Foliage Color, Easy Care, Edible, Extreme Cold Hardiness, Fall Color, Improved Disease Resistance, Showy Fruit, Bird Friendly, Tolerates Urban Pollution, Compact Form|
|Watering Needs||Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.|
|Companion Plants||Flowering 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