Malus trilobata

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The relatively compact form of Malus trilobata makes it ideal for smaller spaces where a dramatic colourful specimen tree is desired. Its changing foliage from deep glossy green in spring to orange and scarlet in autumn and its sweet white blossoms forming decorative green crab apples give this tree even more charm.


Malus trilobata is a very hardy small tree that will grow in most well drained soils in full sun to partial shade. It is not tolerant of soils with a high pH. Prune to shape after flowering. When planting grafted stock ensure the graft is at least 7cm above soil level, if planted below soil level this can cause fungal and/or root issues.

Landscape Uses

This small tree is suitable for planting in small formal gardens, large containers or anywhere that space is limited.


Height to 7.0m
Width to 3.0m