Malus floribunda

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Malus floribunda
Malus floribunda (Japanese crabapple).jpg
Malus floribunda blossom
Scientific classification e
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: 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] Japanese crab,[3] 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 1 cm in diameter.


Tree has good disease resistance to apple scab and powdery mildew.[4]

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.[5]


This crabapple species is considered as one of the best crabapples for form and flower[6] and has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[7]

See also[edit]


  1. ^ "GardenWeb's HortiPlex Plant Database, search results for: Malus". Retrieved September 11, 2009. 
  2. ^ a b c "USDA GRIN Taxonomy". 
  3. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  4. ^ Cal Poly
  5. ^ Vf scab resistance of Malus
  6. ^ University of Florida
  7. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Malus floribunda". Retrieved 24 May 2013. 

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