Malus x 'SCARLET'

Malus x
Malus x 'SCARLET'
crabapple
SIZE/TYPE small tree
USUAL HEIGHT 3-6m
USUAL WIDTH 1.5-3.5m
LEAVES deciduous broadleaf
COLOUR OF LEAVES +multicoloured:green a burgundy red
FLOWERS showy
COLOUR OF FLOWERS deep pink
BLOOMING TIME April - May
LOCATION full sun
USDA zone (lowest) 5   (down to -29°C)
WINTER PROTECTION  
FOR ZONE 5+6 Code of winter protection zone 5+6
FOR ZONE 7 Code of winter protection zone 7
BELONGS TO CATEGORIES Deciduous broadleaf
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Scarlet crabapple is a fantastic addition to the collection of spring flowering apples and cherries. This one, however, has more than one feature to look at (just like Scarlett Johansson who may have been a reason for giving this tree its name …)

Scarlet is a flowering crabapple tree with profusion of bright purple-pink flowers in mid spring. The deciduous leaves are borne during blooming. First leaves are typically ovate but from the end of spring the tree starts producing larger leaves with 3 lobes at the end of branches. They are glossy and deep burgundy red as they emerge and keep some purple shades throughout the whole season if fully insolated. Leaves inside the crown are olive to dark green with red veins. In the autumn purple leaves turn dark carmine red, and green leaves change to fiery orange and golden. They fall down very late so you can enjoy a long period of autumn colours. Small fruit is red and persist on the tree until spring.

Unlike many other crabapple varieties Scarlet forms a dense and well-shaped crown in a somewhat relaxed pyramidal shape. It grows at a slow to medium fast rate making slightly arching branches with age. Pruning, if needed, should be carried out in the middle or at the end of winter.

Apple trees will grow in most soils but do best in well-drained but evenly moist, fertile, preferably acid soil for best autumn colours. When planting it, make sure the root-ball is well soaked with water. Fully hardy to about -29°C (USDA zone 5).

Last update 18-11-2011
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Malus x 'SCARLET' height of stem 180-190 cm, girth 12-14 cm
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GLOSSARY
  • STANDARD QUALITY - Plants of this group are 1st class quality with number of branches and overall density adequate to their size and age, considering they were container grown.
  • DE LUXE QUALITY - This label guarantees a luxurious quality of manually selected plants that, compared to their height and age, are exceptionally dense and beautiful.
  • EXTRA - These plants are usually mature and bigger specimens with exceptional overall appearance.
  • STANDARD (as described in the plant form) means a tree with a trunk of 190-210 cm and a crown at the top, unless specified differently. The commercial size for trees is their girth measured in the height of 1m from ground.
  • HOBBY - These plants are of the same quality as our standard-quality plants but younger and therefore cheaper.
  • SHRUB - a woody plant with branches growing bushy from the ground level.
  • HALF-STANDARD or MINI-STANDARD - a small tree with shorter trunk, its size is usually specified.
  • FEATHERED - These are trees with branches growing already from the base of the trunk and up along the stem.
  • GRASSES and PERENNIALS - Sizes given usually read the diameter of the pot or the clump, as specified.
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