Prized for its profuse blooms and fall fruits, Malus × zumi var. calocarpa (Redbud Crabapple) is a dense deciduous tree of graceful spreading habit with weeping branch tips. Opening from red buds, abundant clusters of fragrant, soft pink blossoms, eventually fading to white, appear in late spring before the new leaves. The blooms are followed by crops of conspicuous, glossy, small, bright red fruits which mature in the fall and often persist into winter, if not first eaten by birds. The summer canopy of oval green leaves warms up to golden shades in the fall. Although resistant to scab, redbud crabapple is susceptible to fireblight and mildew.
- Grows up to 12-20 ft. tall and wide (3-6 m).
- A full sun lover, this tree is easily grown in moderately fertile, well-drained soils.
- Perfect as a specimen plant, in city gardens or cottage gardens.
- Require only minimal pruning in late winter or spring, to remove damaged, diseased or misplaced growth.