Almey Crabapple Malus × adstringens 'Almey'

👤 Non-toxic to humans
🐾 Non-toxic to pets
🌸 Blooming
🍪 Edible
‍🌱 Easy-care
Malus 'Almey'


The plant known as 'Almey' crabapple is a visually appealing ornamental tree notable for its splendid floral and foliage display. This crabapple variety is characterized by its striking clusters of flowers that bloom in the spring. The blossoms are typically a rich pink color, providing a vibrant contrast against the backdrop of the emerging foliage. As the flowering season progresses, the pink flowers may fade slightly, but they remain a highlight of the plant's appearance. Following the flowering period, the tree produces small fruit that may attract birds and wildlife. These fruits are often a deep red or purple hue, contributing additional color to the plant's overall presentation throughout the year. The leaves of the 'Almey' crabapple are also a point of interest. During the growing season, the foliage is lush and green, with the leaves possibly showing a bright red or purplish tint as they emerge in spring. In autumn, the foliage typically takes on warm autumnal colors before falling, marking the transition to the dormant winter period. The overall shape of the 'Almey' crabapple is influenced by its branching structure, which provides an appealing silhouette even in winter when the leaves have dropped. These branches may be arranged in a way that gives the tree an attractive, balanced form appropriate for its use as a decorative or specimen plant in various landscapes. Its visual interest throughout the seasons makes the 'Almey' crabapple a sought-after choice for gardens and public spaces alike.

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About this plant

  • memoNames

    • Family


    • Synonyms

      Almey Crabapple, Almey Flowering Crab, Almey Crab

    • Common names

      Malus × adstringens 'Almey'.

  • skullToxicity

    • To humans

      The plant referred to is more commonly known as the Almey crabapple. Generally, crabapples like the Almey variety are not toxic to humans. The fruits of crabapple trees can be eaten and are sometimes used in jellies or pies, though they might be very sour compared to regular apples. However, the seeds, leaves, and stems of crabapples contain cyanogenic glycosides, which can be toxic if consumed in large quantities. When ingested, the body can convert these compounds into cyanide. Symptoms of cyanide poisoning can include headache, dizziness, shortness of breath, abdominal pain, nausea, and in severe cases, may lead to respiratory failure or death. It is important to avoid consuming the seeds or any other parts of the plant in large amounts.

    • To pets

      For pets, the Almey crabapple can also be a concern if they ingest parts of the plant containing cyanogenic glycosides, predominantly found in the seeds, leaves, and stems. If a pet ingests a significant amount of these parts, it could potentially lead to cyanide poisoning. Symptoms in pets might include drooling, difficulty breathing, dilated pupils, panting, shock, and in severe cases, could be fatal. While the fruit's flesh may not be harmful, caution should be exercised to prevent pets from consuming plant parts that could contain these toxic substances.

  • infoCharacteristics

    • Life cycle


    • Foliage type


    • Color of leaves


    • Flower color


    • Height

      15-20 feet (4.6-6 meters)

    • Spread

      15-20 feet (4.6-6 meters)

    • Plant type


    • Hardiness zones


    • Native area

      North America


  • money-bagGeneral Benefits

    • Ornamental Value: Malus × adstringens 'Almey', commonly known as the Almey Crabapple, is highly regarded for its ornamental features, particularly its attractive flowers which bloom in the spring.
    • Wildlife Support: The crabapple provides a food source for birds and other wildlife, particularly in the form of its fruit which persists into winter.
    • Shade and Shelter: The tree offers shade and shelter in landscapes and gardens, making it a practical addition for comfort and aesthetic reasons.
    • Pollination Support: It serves as a pollinator-friendly plant, attracting bees and other pollinators which are essential for the health of many ecosystems.
    • Seasonal Interest: With its spring flowers, summer foliage, and sometimes colorful fall leaves or persistent fruits, it provides year-round interest in the garden.

  • medicalMedical Properties

    This plant is not used for medical purposes.

  • windAir-purifying Qualities

    This plant is not specifically known for air purifying qualities.

  • leavesOther Uses

    • Crabapple 'Almey' trees can be used as a natural dye source. The fruit can yield various hues depending on the mordant used.
    • The wood from crabapple can be utilized in woodworking projects for crafting small decorative items, as it is hard and has a fine grain.
    • Ink can be made from the tannins present in the bark and fruit of crabapples, traditionally used for writing and drawing.
    • Crabapple trees provide habitat and nesting sites for various birds and small mammals, adding to biodiversity in gardens and orchards.
    • The fruit of the crabapple can be used to make crabapple butter, a spread similar to apple butter, with a unique tart flavor.
    • Crabapple fruit can be used for making fruit leathers, a type of dried fruit snack that is sweet, tart, and chewy.
    • Dried crabapple slices can be used for potpourri or as natural air fresheners, due to their pleasant scent and decorative appearance.
    • Crabapple branches can serve as rustic decorative elements for floral arrangements or holiday wreaths.
    • The petals of crabapple blossoms are edible and can be used as a colorful, slightly tart garnish for salads and desserts.
    • Crabapple fruit pulp can be added to homemade soaps for its properties as an exfoliant and for its natural fragrance.

Interesting Facts

  • bedFeng Shui

    The Crabapple is not used in Feng Shui practice.

  • aquariusZodiac Sign Compitability

    The Crabapple is not used in astrology practice.

  • spiralPlant Symbolism

    • Beauty: The 'Almey' Crabapple is known for its striking flowers and is often seen as a symbol of beauty, representing the aesthetic pleasure one finds in nature.
    • Romance: With its springtime blooms, the Crabapple tree is commonly associated with love and romance, embodying the fleeting, yet passionate nature of early relationships.
    • Rebirth and Renewal: The blossoming of Crabapple trees in spring makes them symbols of rebirth and renewal, representing new beginnings and the cycle of life.
    • Peace: Crabapple trees are sometimes planted to represent peace, possibly due to their non-threatening size and the welcoming presence they offer in landscapes.
    • Good Health: In some cultures, Crabapple fruit is seen as a symbol of good health and is associated with healing properties, likely because the fruit is rich in nutrients.

Every 1-2 weeks
2500 - 10000 Lux
Every 2-3 years
Early Spring
As needed
  • water dropWater

    The Flowering Crabapple should be watered deeply about once a week during dry periods, with less frequent watering during cooler or rainy seasons to prevent waterlogged soil. Applying 1 to 2 inches of water to the root zone will ensure that moisture reaches deep enough to the roots. During the growing season in spring and summer, keep the soil consistently moist but not soggy. Over the winter, watering can be reduced, especially if natural precipitation is adequate.

  • sunLight

    Flowering Crabapples thrive in full sun, which means they require at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily. The ideal spot for planting is in a location that receives unfiltered sunlight throughout the day to ensure abundant flowering and healthy growth. Partial shade is tolerated but may result in fewer blossoms and less vigorous growth.

  • thermometerTemperature

    Flowering Crabapples are hardy and can withstand temperatures well below freezing, surviving in conditions as cold as -20°F. The ideal temperature range for optimal growth is between 60°F and 75°F. They are adaptable to various climates but may struggle in extreme heat above 90°F without adequate water.

  • scissorsPruning

    Prune Flowering Crabapples in late winter or early spring before new growth starts to remove dead or diseased branches, shape the tree, and allow for better air circulation. Pruning also helps to stimulate new growth and can enhance the tree's overall appearance. Prune sparingly to maintain a natural form and remove only what is necessary.

  • broomCleaning

    As needed

  • bambooSoil

    The Almey Crabapple thrives in well-draining loamy soil that is rich in organic matter. A soil mix with equal parts garden soil, compost, and peat, with some sand for improved drainage, can be ideal. Aim for a soil pH between 6.0 and 7.0.

  • plantRepotting

    Almey Crabapple trees do not require frequent repotting as they are typically grown outdoors. If grown in containers, young trees may need repotting every 2-3 years to accommodate root growth.

  • water dropsHumidity & Misting

    Almey Crabapple trees are adaptable to a wide range of humidity levels and do not require specific humidity conditions. They grow well in the ambient outdoor humidity.

  • pinSuitable locations

    • Indoor

      Ensure full sun, large pot, regular watering, and adequate air circulation.

    • Outdoor

      Full sun, well-draining soil, ample space, regular watering.

    • Hardiness zone

      4-8 USDA

  • circleLife cycle

    The common name for Malus × adstringens 'Almey' is Almey Crabapple. The life of the Almey Crabapple begins as a seed, which, when planted in well-draining soil and given proper conditions, will germinate and sprout into a seedling. As it grows, it enters the vegetative stage, developing a strong root system, stem, and leaves, eventually becoming a young tree. The tree reaches maturity after several years, and it starts to bloom in the spring, producing fragrant pink flowers which attract pollinators. Following pollination, the flowers develop into small crabapples by late summer or early fall, which can serve as food for wildlife or propagate new trees if they fall to the ground and germinate. The Almey Crabapple can live many years, going through a yearly cycle of growth, flowering, and fruiting, with proper care often enhancing its longevity and health.

  • sproutPropogation

    • Propogation time

      Early Spring

    • The Malus × adstringens 'Almey', commonly known as the flowering crabapple, is often propagated through grafting, which is the most popular method for this species. Grafting is typically done in late winter or early spring before new growth begins. In this process, a scion, which is a short length of stem with two or more buds, is taken from a desirable parent tree. The scion is then grafted onto a rootstock, usually of a different but related species or variety, that is hardy and well-adapted to the soil and climatic conditions of the planting site. The union is made by cutting matching notches in both scion and rootstock and then binding them together securely. The graft needs to be kept moist until the scion has successfully taken to the rootstock, which can be evident when new growth appears from the scion.