Purple Prince Flowering Crabapple Tree
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-7
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: Mid - Late Spring
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Purple Prince Flowering Crabapple

Malus x 'Purple Prince' PP8,478
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Food for the birds, and rosy pink flowers for you! Purple Prince Crabapple is a flashy ornamental tree that asks for little, but gives so much. In spring, the deep crimson buds burst open to reveal a bevy of rich pink blossoms. The flowers are borne in such abundance that they completely cover the branches! In fall, maroon fruits that look like tiny apples (and are, in fact, tiny apples) appear where the flowers once were. In winter, songbirds will come to dine on the fruits, now softened and more palatable to wildlife. Cedar waxwings and robins are their biggest fans.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-7
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Bloom Time: Mid - Late Spring
  • Show more ›

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The Story

Crabapple Trees, which are really just Apple Trees with very small fruits (less than two inches in diameter), come in all shapes and sizes, with flowers in white, ruby-red, and all shades in between, and fruit in red, orange, and gold. Purple Prince is the one you want when you want a vigorous, upright-growing type with good pink flowers and purple foliage (the leaves do change to bronzy-green when the weather gets very hot). It was bred by Father John Fiala of Ohio and patented in 1992, two years after his death. Father Fiala, a Catholic priest and plant breeder, was best known for his Lilac introductions—78 in all.

The Details

Purple Prince is similar to the deservedly popular Prairie Fire Crabapple, though there are a few differences. Purple Prince is faster growing, more upright, and more densely branched. Both have rich pink flowers and purple foliage and are resistant to the diseases that may attack Crabapples.

How to Grow

The Purple Prince Crabapple is easy to please and makes a good tree for novice gardeners. Plant it in an open, sunny area with good air circulation. Purple Prince isn’t picky about soil and will grow even in heavy clay as long as drainage is adequate. Use the Bower & Branch Elements™ Watering System to keep your tree well supplied with water during the establishment period, so it can develop a strong root system. In subsequent years, it will be relatively drought tolerant. Do any pruning directly after blooming, except for suckers that appear at the base of the tree, which may be removed at any time.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 7
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 20'
Avg Mature Width 20'
Growth Rate Fast
Leaf Color Purple - Bronze/Green
Fall Leaf Color Yellow/Golden
Flower Color Rose Red
Flower Time Mid - Late Spring
Fruit Color Red
Foliage Color Purple - Bronze/Green
Bloom Time Mid - Late Spring
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 No
Dry, Poor Soils Yes
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
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 No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

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