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Adams Flowering Crab

Malus 'Adams'

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Adams Flowering Crab (Malus 'Adams') at Sargent's Gardens

Adams Flowering Crab in bloom

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Adams Flowering Crab (Malus 'Adams') at Sargent's Gardens

Adams Flowering Crab flowers

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Adams Flowering Crab (Malus 'Adams') at Sargent's Gardens

Adams Flowering Crab fruit

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Height:  20 feet

Spread:  20 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Roseybloom, Crabapple


This highly ornamental selection features showy pink flowers in spring and persistent bright red fruit in fall, spreading habit of growth; the definitive ornamental accent for the front yard, needs well-drained soil and full sun

Ornamental Features

Adams Flowering Crab is smothered in stunning clusters of fragrant pink flowers along the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive cherry red flower buds before the leaves. The fruits are showy red pomes carried in abundance from early to late fall. It has brick red-tipped dark green foliage which emerges burgundy in spring. The pointy leaves turn yellow in fall.

Landscape Attributes

Adams Flowering Crab is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. It has no significant negative characteristics.

Adams Flowering Crab is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Adams Flowering Crab will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Shade 
Flowers  Fruit 
Ornamental Features