Malus floribunda

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Malus floribunda
Malus floribunda (Japanese crabapple).jpg
Malus floribunda blossom
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Malus
Species: M. floribunda
Binomial name
Malus floribunda
Siebold ex Van Houtte

Malus floribunda, common name Japanese flowering crabapple,[1][2] purple chokeberry,[2] or showy crabapple,[2] originates from Japan and East Asia. It may be a wild species, or a hybrid of M. sieboldii x M. baccata.[citation needed]


Red floribunda fruits
Yellow floribunda fruits

Malus floribunda forms a round-headed, small deciduous tree with narrow leaves on arching branches. The flowers are white or pale pink, opening from crimson buds. The fruit is red and yellow, of about 1cm in diameter.


Tree has good disease resistance to apple scab and powdery mildew.[3]

The initiators of the PRI disease resistant apple breeding program have discovered that Malus floribunda has resistance to the apple scab and founded the program to introduce this VF gene into cultivated apples. Their work had been progressing with great success.[4]


This crapapple species is considered as one of the best crabapples for form and flower[5] and has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[6]

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