Indian Magic Flowering Crabapple Tree
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Indian Magic Flowering Crabapple Tree
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Spacing: 15-18'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
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Indian Magic Flowering Crabapple

Malus x 'Indian Magic'

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Many, if not most, of the Crabapple trees from your grandmother’s time have been pushed to the side in recent years by new-and-improved varieties developed by breeders. The older varieties that have hung around have only done so by being truly spectacular, and Indian Magic is one of those special survivors. In spring, this dazzling ornamental tree will grace your yard with a magnificent display of raspberry-pink blossoms. In fall, it will delight you with an over-the-top show of brilliant orange crabapple fruits by the hundreds. The neighborhood birds will love them, too—but it may take them the whole winter to eat them all!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Spacing: 15-18'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Show more ›

Recommended by Our Growers

The Story

Simpson Nursery in Vincennes, Indiana is one of the oldest nurseries in the country, having been established in 1851, when salesmen traveling by horse and buggy were the norm.  The Simpsons used smart farming methods to turn a barren tract of mismanaged farmland into a thriving orchard.  When Bob Simpson took the reins in 1968, he shifted the focus to nursery stock, specializing in Crabapples, Hawthorns, and Hollies.  The original ‘Indian Magic’ was a seedling of his in 1955.  Somehow, its two red-fruited parents produced an offspring with pumpkin-orange crabapples.

The Details

Indian Magic Crabapple is a rather small ornamental flowering tree that would be perfect in any garden. Beautiful pink flowers appear in spring which the honeybees love and small orange crabapples appear in late summer/early fall - a timely treat for the birds.

How to Grow

Flowering Crabapples grow well in a wide range of soil conditions and should be planted in a sunny area of your yard; they can tolerate very light shade as well. As with all trees, keep your newly planted Crabapple watered. Don’t keep the soil too wet, however, moist soil is fine. Crabapples also like fertilizer, the more you give them – the more they grow. Once a year apply a simple tree fertilizer during fall to help promote new growth and flowers for the following season. Pruning Flowering Crabapples is fairly easy. Prune branches after your Crabapple is done flowering and cut off any suckers around the base of your tree whenever they appear.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 20'
Avg Mature Width 20'
Spacing 15-18'
Growth Rate Slow
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Orange
Flower Color Pink
Flower Time Spring
Fruit Color Red/Orange
Fruit Time Fall/Winter
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds Yes
Attracts Pollinators Yes
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils Yes
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore Yes
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

Size Guide Scale


Size: B

Size B

This graphic shows the approximate size and form of the Tree you are viewing.

Size B Trees:

6-8' tall. Grown and shipped in our #15 tree container a smaller and wider growing tree. Pruned for climbing, fully developed canopy and branching structure with stem caliper near 1 1/2".

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Indian Magic Flowering Crabapple Tree
Indian Magic Flowering Crabapple Leaf