• Overview
    Light Needs:
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
    Average Landscape Size:
    Moderate growing; reaches 25 ft. tall, 15 to 20 ft. wide.
    Key Feature:
    Improved Disease Resistance
    Early Spring
  • Detail
    Botanical Pronunciation:ro-ZAY-see-ee MAY-lus
    Plant type:Tree
    Growth habit:Rounded
    Growth rate:Moderate
    Average landscape size:Moderate growing; reaches 25 ft. tall, 15 to 20 ft. wide.
    Foliage color:Green
    Blooms:Early Spring
    Flower color:Red
    Flower attributesShowy Flowers
    Garden styleAsian/Zen
    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. Add color to mixed beds with this tree, but plant clear of structures and walkways. This tree will spread somewhat at maturity and drop fruit. Can be easily trained as a fruit bearing espalier.
    Companion PlantsLilac (Syringa); Arborvitae (Thuja); Barberry (Berberis); Weigela (Weigela); Dogwood (Cornus); Carpet Bugle (Ajuga)
  • Care
    Care Information
    Provide enriched, well-drained soil. Water deeply, regularly during first few growing seasons to establish 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.Pruning time: spring after flowering.
    Light Needs:
    Light needs: Full Sun
    Full sun
    Watering Needs:
    Water needs: Moderate
    Water regularly - weekly, or more often in extreme heat.
  • History & Lore
    Malus is native to the temperate zones in the Northern Hemisphere including North America, Europe and Asia. Crabapples, while used for their flowers, where highly susceptible to a variety of diseases. Bob Simpson of Simpson Nursery Company in Indiana began a breeding program to create disease resistant varieties. Centurion came from this venture and was introduced in 1978. 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.


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