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Big River Flowering Crab

Malus 'Big River'

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Big River Flowering Crab (Malus 'Big River') at Eagle Lake Nurseries

Big River Flowering Crab in bloom

Big River Flowering Crab in bloom

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Big River Flowering Crab (Malus 'Big River') at Eagle Lake Nurseries

Big River Flowering Crab flowers

Big River Flowering Crab flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  16 feet

Spread:  10 feet

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3a

Other Names:  Roseybloom


This is a new variety with a profusion of stunning red and pink flowers in spring and crimson-red fruit in fall, upright habit of growth; makes an incredible accent for the smaller home landscape, needs well-drained soil

Ornamental Features

Big River Flowering Crab is covered in stunning clusters of fragrant pink flowers with cherry red overtones along the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive red flower buds before the leaves. The fruits are showy crimson pomes carried in abundance from early to late fall. The fruit can be messy if allowed to drop on the lawn or walkways, and may require occasional clean-up. It has dark green foliage with coppery-bronze undersides throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn yellow in fall.

Landscape Attributes

Big River 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.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and is best pruned in late winter once the threat of extreme cold has passed. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Messy

Big River Flowering Crab is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Big River Flowering Crab will grow to be about 16 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 10 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 4 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 does best in full sun to partial shade. 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.

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Shade 
Flowers  Fruit 
Ornamental Features