Growth Facts

Coralburst® Flowering Crabapple

Malus x 'Coralcole'
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Formal is fun with Coralburst® Tree Form Crabapple! With its neat, symmetrical, lollipop shape, this perky ornamental tree will serve as the perfect accent in the tidy beds and borders around your home. Its clean lines and simple geometry give it a sharp look all season. Of course, spring is when it really shines. That’s when it joins other Crabapples—as well as Dogwoods, Lilacs, and Tulips—in a joyful tribute to the season. Its flower buds turn a deep, clear pink, showing softer pink to white interiors when they unfurl. So pretty, polished, and petite!

Growth Facts

The Story

There are dozens and dozens of Crabapple Trees to pick from, both old and new. Coralburst® is a standout. This classic selection from the 1960s is as beloved today as it was over 50 years ago. It continues to be a hot seller because there’s no other Crabapple quite like it. Its buds are an intense, vivid pink, with no muddy purple undertones, the blossoms a clear, pale pink. Its canopy is tight and rounded, not spreading like some other Mini Crabapples. Ohio plantsman Henry Ross knew he had a winner with this one. He grew Coralburst® from seed in the 1950s and introduced it via the Cole Nursery Company in 1968.

The Details

Modern Crabapples have replaced most heirloom varieties because of their improved disease resistance. It’s not worth battling diseases when there are superior trees that are naturally immune. Coralburst® has been able to persist because it has a very clean bill of health. It’s fairly resistant to Apple scab and extremely resistant to fireblight, Cedar-Apple rust, and powdery mildew.

How to Grow

Crabapples are easy and rewarding to grow even for novice gardeners, and Coralburst® is no exception. Just follow a few simple rules. First, choose a site that receives all-day sun. An open area that allows air to flow all around will further lessen the chance of disease on this already disease-resistant variety. Coralburst® is not too picky about soil type—it will even grow in clay—although the soil must drain well and not stay soggy after a rain. Mulch well, irrigate with the Bower & Branch Elements™ Watering System, and feed in fall with Elements™ Fertilizer. Keep an eye out for suckers coming up from the base of the tree and trunk and prune them out promptly.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Avg Mature Height 12'
Avg Mature Width 15'
Growth Rate Slow
Leaf Color Green
Flower Color Pink
Flower Time Spring
Fruit Color Yellow
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 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 No
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

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Size C Trees:

6-8' 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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