At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Rosaceae
Latin Name: Malus 'Magenta'
Foliage: Dark green
Fall Foliage: Orange to red
Bloom: Magenta
Bloom Time: May
Shape: Round to spreading
Bark: Gray brown and furrowed
Sun: Full sun
Zone: Zone 4 to Zone 7
Size: 20 to 30 feet
Spread: 20 to 30 feet
Care: Medium, well drained soil

Prized for its gorgeous blossoms, its manageable size, and its rural region hardiness, the Magenta Crabapple tree (Malus “Magenta”) is a small-sized species and a member of the Rosaceae family. Widespread throughout the Midwestern and Northeastern parts of the United States, these trees grow well in most types of earth, though they thrive best in medium to wet and well-drained soils, full sunlight, and have a 4-7 hardiness zone rating. A good rule of thumb is to plant them wherever apples prove hardy.

Attractive and compact, the Magenta Crabapple typically reaches a height and spread of 20-30 ft., and is round and symmetrical in shape. Its dark green foliage is infused with gorgeous red hues for part of the year, but the tree’s name actually pays tribute to the breathtaking May flowers that blossom in bursts of deep rosy-pink and vibrant magenta. The tree’s trunk is typically grayish-brown in color and is distinguished by its furrowed texture.

Apart from its flowering beauty, the Magenta Crabapple serves as an effective windbreaker, landscape tree, and a food source for many species of wildlife. By late summer, its small apples ripen, stained in vivid rosy-red and warm yellow hues. The fruit is especially attractive to songbirds and game birds, and typically provides an average annual amount of 20 pounds of fruit. Approximately 80% of the seedlings will be true to type, distinguished by their reddish leaves. This species requires a minimal amount of pruning and provides a pleasant amount of colorful and shady foliage while maintaining a moderate size, rendering it an ideal choice for landscaping and bordering.