Malus floribunda - Siebold. ex Van Houtte.
Common Name Japanese Crab, Japanese flowering crab apple
Family Rosaceae
USDA hardiness 4-7
Known Hazards All members of this genus contain the toxin hydrogen cyanide in their seeds and possibly also in their leaves, but not in their fruits. Hydrogen cyanide is the substance that gives almonds their characteristic taste but it should only be consumed in very small quantities. Apple seeds do not normally contain very high quantities of hydrogen cyanide but, even so, should not be consumed in very large quantities. In small quantities, hydrogen cyanide has been shown to stimulate respiration and improve digestion, it is also claimed to be of benefit in the treatment of cancer. In excess, however, it can cause respiratory failure and even death.
Habitats Not known in the wild.
Range E. Asia - Japan? Probably not a truly wild species but a hybrid M. sieboldii x M. baccata or M. prun
Edibility Rating  
Other Uses  
Weed Potential No
Medicinal Rating  
Fully Hardy Moist Soil Semi-shade Full sun

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Bloom Color: Pink, White. Main Bloom Time: Early spring, Late spring, Mid spring. Form: Irregular or sprawling, Spreading or horizontal.

Malus floribunda Japanese Crab, Japanese flowering crab apple
Malus floribunda Japanese Crab, Japanese flowering crab apple
Physical Characteristics
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Malus floribunda is a deciduous Tree growing to 10 m (32ft) by 10 m (32ft) at a medium rate.
It is hardy to zone (UK) 4 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from Apr to May. The flowers are hermaphrodite (have both male and female organs) and are pollinated by Insects.Suitable for: light (sandy), medium (loamy) and heavy (clay) soils, prefers well-drained soil and can grow in heavy clay soil. Suitable pH: acid, neutral and basic (alkaline) soils. It can grow in semi-shade (light woodland) or no shade. It prefers moist soil.

Pyrus floribunda. P. pulcherrima.

Woodland Garden Secondary; Sunny Edge; Dappled Shade;
Edible Uses
Edible Parts: Fruit.
Edible Uses:

Fruit - raw or cooked[105]. Up to 1cm in diameter[200]. It tastes like a soft fruit. Acid but nice, about the size of a large blackcurrant[K].
Medicinal Uses
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Other Uses
None known
Cultivation details
Landscape Uses:Border, Espalier, Pest tolerant, Standard, Specimen, Street tree. An easily grown plant, it succeeds in most fertile soils, preferring a moisture retentive well-drained loamy soil[1, 200]. Grows well in heavy clay soils. Prefers a sunny position but succeeds in partial shade, though it fruits less well in such a situation[200]. A very ornamental plant[1], the fruit is a good wildlife food source, especially for birds[200]. Hybridizes freely with other members of this genus[200]. The tree is a very good pollinator for the apple orchard[200]. Plants in this genus are notably susceptible to honey fungus[200]. Special Features:Not North American native, Fragrant flowers, Attractive flowers or blooms.
Seed - best sown as soon as it is ripe in the autumn in a cold frame. It usually germinates in late winter. Stored seed requires stratification for 3 months at 1°c and should be sown in a cold frame as soon as it is received[200]. It might not germinate for 12 months or more. Prick out the seedlings into individual pots as soon as they are large enough to handle. If given a rich compost they usually grow away quickly and can be large enough to plant out in late summer, though consider giving them some protection from the cold in their first winter. Otherwise, keep them in pots in a cold frame and plant them out in late spring of the following year. Cuttings of mature wood, November in a frame[11].
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Conservation Status
IUCN Red List of Threatened Plants Status :
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Malus coronariaGarland Crab, Sweet crab apple31
Malus domesticaApple52
Malus florentinaHawthorn-leaf crab apple20
Malus fuscaOregon Crab, Oregon crab apple32
Malus glabrata 20
Malus glaucescens 20
Malus hallianaHall crab apple20
Malus halliana spontanea 20
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Malus kansuensis 20
Malus lancifolia 20
Malus praecox 20
Malus prattiiPratt apple20
Malus prunifoliaChinese Apple, Plumleaf crab apple40
Malus prunifolia rinkiiChinese Apple30
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Malus pumila nervosaCrab Apple30
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Siebold. ex Van Houtte.
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Readers comment
Sharon Clark   Fri Jul 20 2007
I have a Malus Floribunda that has been done as a has been potted this way, it says for 6-8 years..I havent a clue on what is needed...I would like to put it into a larger pot, which I am making into a fairy garden, and would like to make this little tree the focal point..Is this at all possible, and be able to keep it small and tidy? Can anyone help me out here?
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