Gladiator Crabapple

Type: Ornamental Species
Height: 20′
Spread: 10’
Flowers: Pink Persistent Fruit
Preferred Soil Type: Dry to Partially wet
Exposure Type: Full Sun



Malus Adstringens – First Editions Gladiator Crabapple

PLANTING POINTS: The stems and leaves are a magnificent purple that is hard to describe. The flowers are pink in May and the persistent fruit attract all kinds of pollinators and wildlife to these trees! This tree is disease resistant.

SITING THIS TREE: This tree is part of the Parade of Color in the spring. It flowers between the Autumn Brilliance Serviceberry and the Japanese Tree Lilac. Plant this tree where it can be seen for the 1-2 week window of flowering in the spring! Crabapples are durable, but it is best to keep them out of wet spots that stay wet all year. They perform best in full sun to get maximum flower production. Legacy frequently uses crabapples along property lines to provide summer screening of adjoining properties. This means they might be growing in a drainage swale, but Legacy does not consider these wet as they are intermittently wet. They can also be partially shaded due to other trees along the border between properties. That is perfectly fine seeing as though there are no perfect planting spots.