Tree Information

Specialities

Tolerances

Wet Soil: Medium

Dry Soil: High

Lime: Medium

Malus ‘Mokum’ commonly known as purple crab apple, was discovered at the Henk Wansing Nursery of Holland during 1990s. It was found as a seedling between rows of Malus ‘Profusion’ and Malus ‘Liset’ which was then cultivated for its upright form and colour.

One of the most captivating features of the purple crab apple is its profusion of exquisite blossoms come spring. The tree will erupt into a beautiful display of purple-brown buds which open to succulently dark flowers with shades of barbie pink. Blooms attract bees and butterflies, adding vibrancy and life to the surrounding environment.

As the flowers decline, small fruits develop. These are a darker, reddish-purple shade of violet rose and will remain on the tree throughout winter. These persistent fruits add visual interest and attract birds, contributing to the trees ecological value.

Whether used as a focal point or grouped together for a sunning effect, Malus ‘Mokum’ is a captivating tree that provides year-round beauty.

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Size

Small

6m high x 3m wide after 25 years

Environment

Ideal for designer gardens and smaller public open spaces.

Canopy

Upright ascending branches with a compact ovoid shape crown.

Foliage

Leaves open in an eye-catching red in spring. These develop bronze tones and become a purple green in summer. In autumn they soften into shades of butter-yellow.

Flowers

Bud develops a shade of purple-brown which open to a profuse of small flowers that cover the branches in late spring. The extravagantly dark pink petals blend with shades of crimson red.

Fruit

Small dark, red fruits

Resilience

Adaptable to well-drained soils including clay, loam, and sand. Once established its drought tolerant and will succeed in a range of pH levels.

Available As:

Semi-Mature

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