The Crab Apple is a popular flowering Bonsai tree, bearing small fruits in autumn. It also blossoms in early spring. The Malus sylvestris and Malus cerasifera species are most commonly used for Bonsai purposes.

If you need help identifying your tree, try our Bonsai tree identification guide.

 

Specific Bonsai care guidelines for the Crabapple

Position: The crabapple needs much sunlight and aeration; place the tree outside in full sun. The tree is hardy and needs little protection from freezing temperatures.

Watering: No particularities here, make sure the tree doesn't dry out when bearing fruit in autumn.

Feeding: Depending on what you wish for; when you like the tree to grow fruits in autumn fertilizing should be minimal, especially after the blossoms in spring. For more vigorous growth fertilize the entire growth season, but bear in mind fruits will not develop.

Pruning: Prune the tree in late autumn.

Repotting: Repot Crabapple Bonsai trees annually in early spring, before the first signs of growth.

Propagation: Sow in autumn, or use cuttings.

For more detailed information on these techniques, try our Bonsai tree care section.

 

 

Example of an Crabapple (Malus) Bonsai tree

Malus, Crabapple Bonsai