Malus 'Robinson'

Tried and Trouble-free Recommended by 3 Professionals
Common Name: flowering crabapple
Type: Tree
Family: Rosaceae
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 15.00 to 25.00 feet
Spread: 15.00 to 25.00 feet
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: Pink
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Flowering Tree
Flower: Showy
Leaf: Colorful, Good Fall
Attracts: Birds, Butterflies
Fruit: Showy, Edible
Other: Winter Interest
Tolerate: Air Pollution


Best grown in medium moisture, well-drained, acidic loams in full sun. Adapts to a wide range of soils however. Prune as needed after flowering but before June. ‘Robinson’ is noted for being a fast-growing cultivar.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Malus is a genus of about 35 species of deciduous trees and shrubs from Europe, Asia and North America.

Genus name comes from the Greek melon.

‘Robinson’ is a pink-flowered crabapple that typically matures to 15-25’ tall. It is noted for its rounded shape, deep pink flowers, red fruit and good disease resistance. Oval leaves (to 3” long) emerge purple when young, turn bronze green with red veining during the growing season and finally turn varying but sometimes good orange fall color. Crimson buds open in spring to deep pink flowers (1.5” diameter). Flowers are followed by bright red crabapples (to 3/8” diameter) that mature in fall and may persist into winter. Birds are attracted to the fruit. Fruit may be harvested for jellies.


Generally excellent disease resistance to the main diseases of crabapples: apple scab, fire blight, rusts, leaf spot and powdery mildew. Potential insect pests are of lesser concern and include tent caterpillars, aphids, Japanese beetles, borers and scale. Spider mites may occur.

Garden Uses

This crabapple may be planted as a specimen or in small groups.