Malus tschonoskii

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Malus tschonoskii
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Malus
M. tschonoskii
Binomial name
Malus tschonoskii

Malus tschonoskii (common names Chonosuki crab and pillar apple) is a species of flowering plant in the family Rosaceae, native to Japan.

The specific epithet tschonoskii refers to the 19th century Japanese botanist Sugawa Tschonoski.[1]


Malus tschonoskii is a strong-growing deciduous tree, it has a distinctive columnar habit and is particularly noted for its autumn colouring, when the glossy mid-green leaves turn to brilliant shades of yellow, orange, purple and scarlet. Single white flowers, tinged pink, appear in May and are followed by rounded red-flushed yellow-green crabapples.

It can grow to 9 metres (30 feet) tall by 1.8 m (6 ft) broad in 20 years, with an ultimate height of 12 m (39 ft).[2]


The species grows well in many soil types, doing best in moist, well-drained soil.[3]


It is cultivated as an ornamental tree, for planting in gardens.


  1. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315.
  2. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 978-1405332965.
  3. ^ "". 11 May 2018.