Malus Cardinal crab apple trees

Malus Cardinal crab-apple tree

As the name suggests, the main feature of Malus 'Cardinal' is the crimson blossom which is borne in abundance in early spring.

The leaves are an attractive deep bronze colour.

Malus Cardinal crab apple trees for sale

Delivery from week commmencing 6th April (when showing as in stock)

Mature size*Supplied asPriceQuantity

Pot-grown fruit trees

Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years)2-year - 12l pot - Semi-vigorous rootstock £36.45Sold outalert me

Bare-root fruit trees

Large  (3m - 4m after 5-10 years)1-year - bare-root - Semi-vigorous rootstock £19.95Sold outalert me

Delivery period: Pot-grown trees can be delivered from September onwards. Bare-root trees can be delivered from mid-November onwards. Within those periods you can specify your preferred month of delivery during the checkout process. It is best to order as soon as you can to ensure items are reserved for you.

*Mature size: Height shown is the approximate height of the tree when mature (after 5-10 years), not the height when supplied. See photos of trees as supplied. Actual mature heights may vary considerably dependent on your local conditions and training and pruning regime.

Stock availability: Items showing as 'sold out' will probably be available again next season. Click here to be notified when we get more trees of this variety.

Summary features of Malus Cardinal


  • Gardening skill: Average?
  • Fertility: Self-fertile?
  • Flowering group: 4?
  • Pollinating others: Good?
  • Ploidy: Diploid?
  • Vigour: Average growth?
  • Height after 10 years: Up to 4m / 13ft
  • Bearing regularity: Regular?
  • Growth habit: Upright-spreading
  • Growth rate: Average
  • Fruit persistence: Ripens over a period?
  • Flowering season: Mid-season
  • Attractive blossom
  • Attractive fruit



  • Country of origin: United States
  • Fruit colour: Red
  • Blossom colour: Pink
  • Flower form: Single flower (up to 8 petals)
  • Leaf colour: Bronze
  • Leaf colour - young: Dark bronze
  • Leaf colour - autumn: Multiple tints


  • Temperate climates
  • Tolerates cold winters
  • Planting position: Full sun preferred

Pollination guide for Malus Cardinal

Malus Cardinal is in flowering group 4. Malus Cardinal is self-fertile and does not need a pollination partner, although fruiting may be improved if there is a compatible tree of a different variety nearby.

Like most crab-apples it blooms over a long period and is therefore a good pollinator for other apple and cider-apple varieties flowering at the same time.

Botanical name

Malus sp. 'Cardinal'

UK-grown trees All our trees are grown in the UK.

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