First Editions Gladiator Crabapple (Malus x adstringens ‘Durleo’)

First Editions Gladiator Crabapple

  • Profusion of Bright Pink Flowers
  • Glossy Bronze-Purple Summer Foliage
  • Columnar, Smaller-Sized Tree
  • Fragrant & Calls Pollinators
  • Ruffled Blooms
  • Small Reddish-Purple Fruit
  • Red Fall Color
  • Persistent Fruit & Winter Interest
  • Blooms Attract Pollinators
  • Fruit Attracts Songbirds
  • Edible Fruit
  • Cold Hardy

A fantastic fruit-bearing, flowering tree that fits snugly beneath power lines, the new First Editions® Gladiator™ Crabapple (Malus x adstringens ‘Durleo’) bursts into spring as a cloud of bright-pink ruffled flowers, often continuing into early summer. Pollinators arrive in droves for the fragrant, nectar-rich blossoms!

Gladiator™ is an excellent ornamental tree with year-round interest! Summer brings glossy bronze-purple leaves and a bounty of small reddish-purple fruit!

In the winter, after the fall leaves blazed red, the striking bark has unique bole-like bumps on the trunk, which stand out in the landscape!

How to Use First Editions® Gladiator™ Crabapple Tree In The Landscape

Beautiful planted in a row as small street trees or planted along driveways or shading paths. Plant several as a hedgerow for privacy, windbreaks and screening, or in groups for an eye-catching show!

Fantastic specimen and focal point trees for space-challenged sites, enjoy these by your porch or patio as shade, or as front yard accents!

Bushels of ornamental, tart fruit is great in preserves – if the songbirds don’t beat you to them! Persisting until winter, you’ll gain color often absent within the winter landscape.

Tips For Care

Requiring full sun in moderately moist, well-drained soil, any enriched site is perfect for Gladiator™!

Prune as needed to maintain any size, these are low maintenance and disease-resistant. Thriving in USDA growing zones 2 – 8, Gladiator™ is incredibly cold-hardy!

Mulch the soil surface to increased moisture retention and insulation.

First Editions Gladiator Crabapple (Malus x adstringens ‘Durleo’) Details

Common name First Editions Gladiator Crabapple
Botanical name Malus x adstringens 'Durleo'
Plant type Deciduous
Hardiness zone 2-8
Growth rate Medium
Harvest time 3 - 5 Years
Height 18 - 20 ft.
Width 9 - 12 ft.
Sunlight Full Sun
Moisture Low Once Established
Soil condition Widely Adaptable
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Pruning time Late Winter
Flower color Hot Pink
Leaf color Bronze Purple