5m x 3m
Rounded and upright with open branching.
Green with a slight bronze shading, turning coppery-orange in autumn. New leaves are rich coppery-green.
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.
A few brownish-red pomes to 2.5 cm diameter.
Bark / Trunk:
Shiny greyish-brown to scaly.
Vigour / Longevity:
Moderately vigorous, long lived.
Full sun to part-shade, tolerant of frost.
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.
May require regular formative pruning for strong limb, trunk and crown structure.
Keep well watering throughout the warmer months.
Apply a complete fertiliser after flowering or after pruning.
Pests / Diseases:
Susceptible to rust that can cause foliage abscission, but resistant to apple scab.
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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