Malus - - Semi-mature and mature Malus ioenis Plena

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Malus ioenis Plena - Bechtel's Crab Apple

 

Family:

Rosaceae

Origins:

The species is from Minnesota, Wisconsin and Kansas, this cultivar is a nursery selection.

Plant Type:

Deciduous tree

Size:

6m x 4m at 20 years, can reach 10m x 8m

Habit/ Form:

With good early training this is a short trunked tree with a broad domed canopy, the main branches ascending, the outer branches spreading. Young nursery plants are often pruned to be shrubby which makes them easier to sell, unfortunately they have very l

Leaves:

Alternate, oblong / ovate with 3 to 4 lobes on each side, 50 - 100mm x 30 - 60mm, margin serrate with shallow lobes, shiny mid to dark green, paler beneath, turning yellow, orange and crimson in autumn in cold climates.

Flowers:

Rounded pale pink buds open to fragrant, crateriform, double pale pink flowers that fade to white at the centre. Main flowering mid to late spring.

Fruit:

Not produced.

Bark / Trunk:

New stems covered in grey tomentum aging to reddish brown then grey. The bark on the trunk and main branches is grey.

Vigour / Longevity:

Moderately vigorous, long lived.

Environmental Requirements:

Prefers sunny, wind protected positions.

Hardiness:

Frost hardy to - 10°C, tolerates neglect once established.

Soil / Drainage:

Produces the best growth on fertile well drained soils, produces weak growth on sandy soils unless a large amount of organic matter and fertilisers are added to the soil.

Pruning:

Prune after flowering, not in mid winter. Early training is essential to establish a single trunk and well placed main branches. All crossing branches should be ruthlessly removed. Once the main framework is established, little further pruning is usually

Watering:

Water during dry summers, otherwise supplemental watering is not usually needed once established.

Fertilising:

Apply a complete fertiliser after flowering or after pruning.

Pests / Diseases:

Powdery mildew

Uses:

Flowering specimen tree, small shade tree, spring gardens, limited use as a street tree, a useful sized tree for small gardens. This tree is much prized for its heavy and late flowering

 

 

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