First Editions Gladiator Crabapple (Malus x adstringens ‘Durleo’)
First Editions Gladiator Crabapple
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!
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.
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.
|Common name||First Editions Gladiator Crabapple|
|Botanical name||Malus x adstringens 'Durleo'|
|Harvest time||3 - 5 Years|
|Height||18 - 20 ft.|
|Width||9 - 12 ft.|
|Moisture||Low Once Established|
|Soil condition||Widely Adaptable|
|Pruning time||Late Winter|
|Flower color||Hot Pink|
|Leaf color||Bronze Purple|