Wet Soil: Medium
Dry Soil: High
Malus trilobata, commonly known as the erect crab apple or Lebanese wild apple, is native to the eastern Mediterranean region, specifically Lebanon, Syria and Turkey, where it is considered a symbol of resilience and beauty.
One of the distinctive features of the Lebanese wild apple is its leaves, which unfold with 3 lobes that are also lobed. These are like maple or sweetgum foliage and are very attractive. New leaves are a dark green colour that lasts into summer before transitioning to a buttery yellow. Unlike other Malus, as autumn progresses the foliage evolves within the canopy, becoming saffron orange then fiery red mixed with bronzed purples.
During spring, Malus trilobata produces clusters of large white flowers that attract pollinators. After the flowering period, the tree develops small, round green fruits that will flush red and remain on the tree long into winter. They are quite tasting once an autumn frost has bleated them, tasting like a ripe pear. These are an appreciated winter food source for birds, but also perfect for condiments on the Christmas table.
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6m high x 3m wide after 25 years
Ideal for smaller public open spaces and clay areas within garden designs.
Upright tree with a horizontal branch structure. Its pyramidal form becomes wider.
Distinct leaves have 3 lobes which are also lobed. This gives a unique 5 lobed maple appearance to the leaf. Unfold a deep emerald green until autumn when they soften in buttery yellow. In late autumn, leaves transition to vibrant shades of red which bronze into orange and purples.
Opening late spring and June, the flowers are quite large at 5cm. Petals are snow-white.
Green fruit flushed with red and taste like a ripe pear.
Adaptable to all well-drained soils, including clay, loam and sand. Once established it is drought tolerant and will succeed in a range of pH levels.
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