Malus - - Semi-mature and mature Malus ioenis Rubra

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Malus ioenis Rubra - Crab Apple

 

Family:

Rosaceae

Origins:

Northern America

Plant Type:

Deciduous

Size:

5m x 3m

Habit/ Form:

Rounded and upright with open branching.

Leaves:

Green with a slight bronze shading, turning coppery-orange in autumn. New leaves are rich coppery-green.

Flowers:

Red buds opening to single reddish-pink flowers fading slightly towards the middle with golden stamens. Petals distinctly incurved. Borne in clusters mid- to late spring.

Fruit:

A few brownish-red pomes to 2.5 cm diameter.

Bark / Trunk:

Shiny greyish-brown to scaly.

Vigour / Longevity:

Moderately vigorous, long lived.

Environmental Requirements:

Full sun to part-shade, tolerant of frost.

Hardiness:

Tolerates low levels of drought, compaction, and urban conditions including air pollution.

Soil / Drainage:

Prefers slightly acidic, well drained soil. Does not tolerate soils of high pH well.

Pruning:

May require regular formative pruning for strong limb, trunk and crown structure.

Watering:

Keep well watering throughout the warmer months.

Fertilising:

Apply a complete fertiliser after flowering or after pruning.

Pests / Diseases:

Susceptible to rust that can cause foliage abscission, but resistant to apple scab.

Uses:

An unusual crab apple with attractive red flowers and bronzy-green foliage. Malus ioensis 'Rubra' is valued in small parks and gardens, or as a small street tree.

 

 

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