Robinson Flowering Crabapple Tree
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Robinson Flowering Crabapple Tree
Robinson Flowering Crabapple Leaf
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Spacing: 20-25'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
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Robinson Flowering Crabapple

Malus x 'Robinson'
Shipping Winter of 2022
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Specimen trees that you choose to showcase in your front yard should look sharp in all seasons, and Robinson Crabapple is ready to step into that role. This fast-growing ornamental tree is always decked out for the season, whether it's sporting its cheerful pink flowers in spring, clean bronzy leaves in summer, fiery orange foliage in fall, or glossy red fruits in winter. This tree would also make a handsome living "patio umbrella" for an outdoor seating area in your backyard, and a row of Robinson Crabs planted along your fence line would make a colorful and neighborly border to your property. For you backyard Apple growers, Robinson is also an excellent "pollinizer" of Apple trees!

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Spacing: 20-25'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Show more ›

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The Story

Famed tree and shrub guru Michael Dirr estimates that there are between 400 and 600 varieties of Crabapples available in the U.S. today—so you know there is some stiff competition among Crabs to earn a place in our catalog! Robinson isn’t the newest Crabapple on the market, but it has some fine attributes that keep it a favorite. It has good disease resistance, handsome orange fall color, and a fast growth rate that surpasses all other Crabs. It was selected at C.M. Hobbs, a 200+ year-old nursery near Indianapolis.

The Details

Koo-koo-ka-choo, Mrs. Robinson! Excellent disease resistance, drought tolerance and a vigorous growing habit are just a few of this tree's fantastic characteristics. Crimson buds open to deep pink flowers in spring, followed by bronze-tinted green foliage in summer. Coppery-orange fall foliage will jazz up your garden, as will the red fruit that persists into winter.

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 25'
Avg Mature Width 25'
Spacing 20-25'
Growth Rate Medium-Fast
Leaf Color Bronze/Green
Fall Leaf Color Orange
Flower Color Pink
Flower Time Spring
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Time Fall
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds Yes
Attracts Pollinators No
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 No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

Size Guide Scale


Size: B

Size B

Size: C

Size C

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

Size B Trees:

6-8' tall. This larger growing Crabapple is shipped in our #15 tree container with fully developed canopy and branching on a strong calipered stem near 1 1/2". Almost always ships larger.

Size C Trees:

10-12' Tall, shipped balled and burlapped. This tree has a stem caliper over 2". Wide branching, strong structure, pruned from a young age to develop great featured branching and form. This is a very big tree and should be professionally installed.

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Robinson Flowering Crabapple Tree
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