Malus ‘Cardinal’ is out of the ordinary when it comes to Crabapples. The habit is typical – wide and spreading, the fruit is common – red and about 1/2″, but this one has purple tinged leaves that last all season. Deep purple buds open to reddish pink flowers April – May. The fruit follows and is persistent into winter. Great for birds and wildlife in the fall and the pollinators in spring.
Growing 10-15′ high x 15-25′ wide makes it a real showcase tree for any full sun site. It shows good disease resistance, is tolerant of air pollution and hardy to Zone 5.