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Perfect Purple Flowering Crab

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Perfect Purple Flowering Crab (Malus ‘Perpurplissima’)A sensational cultivar with a nice uniform growth habit, captivating rose colored blooms against a backdrop of emerging deep purple foliage in the spring; plum colored fruit adds ornamental value throughout fall and winter

This is a persistent fruiting crabapple, which means that the small fruit stays on the branches throughout the winter and does not drop to the ground.

Persistent fruiting flowering crabs are a great option if you are looking for a low mess, ornamental tree with excellent spring color.

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Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
20 feet
Average Landscape Width:
20 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Malus
Cultivar:
Perfect Purple
Flower Color:
rose
Flower Period:
in mid spring
Summer Foliage Color:
dark purple
Fall Color:
red
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
upright spreading
Canopy:
low
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Other Species Names:
Roseybloom, Crabapple
Branching:
decurrent
Flower Fragrance:
high

Ornamental Features

Perfect Purple Flowering Crab is bathed in stunning clusters of fragrant rose flowers along the branches in mid spring before the leaves. It has attractive deep purple deciduous foliage which emerges purple in spring. The pointy leaves are highly ornamental and turn an outstanding red in the fall. The fruits are showy purple pomes carried in abundance from early to late fall.

Landscape Attributes

Perfect Purple Flowering Crab is a deciduous tree with an upright spreading habit of growth. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Perfect Purple Flowering Crab will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 20 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 2 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

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