Malus angustifolia

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Southern Crabapple


Plant Specifics

Size:to 30 ft tall by to 20 ft wide
Life Span:Long-lived perennial
Flower Color:White,pink
Fruit Color:Yellow
Phenology:Deciduous; blooms early spring. Relatively short lived.
Noted for:Interesting bark, Showy flowers


Recommended Uses:Speciman tree especially valued for its mid-spring flowers. Use where its small size is an attribute.
Availability:Native nurseries, Quality nurseries, Seed
Light: Full Sun,  Part Shade
Moisture Tolerance:
always floodedextremely dry
 (Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry)
Moisture Tolerance: Somewhat moist, no flooding ----- to ----- Not wet but not extremely dry
Salt Water Flooding Tolerance:Not salt tolerant of inundation by salty or brackish water.
Salt Spray/ Salty Soil Tolerance:Low/no tolerance of salty wind or direct salt spray
Soil or other substrate:Clay, Loam
Soil pH:Slightly acidic



Many birds and mammals enjoy feasting on the fruits. 


Attracts pollinators, primarily bees. 

Native Habitats:Moist-dry sites. Open woods.

Distribution and Planting Zones

Natural Range in Florida
USDA Zones

Suitable to grow in:
8A 8B 9A 9B 

USDA zones are based on minimum winter temperatures


Ethnobotany:Fruit may be used for jams and jellies. It's naturally rich in pectin, so don't add any when making the jelly.  Also used for making cider.
General Comments:

Grow in sites with good air circulation.

Listed as Threatened by the FDACS.  Please acquire only from reputable sources with appropriate permits.