Malus × moerlandsii Doorenbos

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Credits

Julian Sutton (species), Nick Dunn (cultivars)

Recommended citation
Sutton, J. & Dunn, N., 'Malus × moerlandsii' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/malus/malus-x-moerlandsii/). Accessed 2021-05-11.

Genus

Glossary

Credits

Julian Sutton (species), Nick Dunn (cultivars)

Recommended citation
Sutton, J. & Dunn, N., 'Malus × moerlandsii' from the website Trees and Shrubs Online (treesandshrubsonline.org/articles/malus/malus-x-moerlandsii/). Accessed 2021-05-11.

USDA Hardiness Zone 5-8

RHS Hardiness Rating H6

A group of hybrids between M. × purpurea ‘Lemoinei’ and M. toringo raised in the Netherlands before 1938 by Simon Doorenbos, Director of The Hague Parks Department, pigeon fancier, and founder member of the International Dendrology Society. They inherit the intense flower colour and pigmented foliage of M. × purpurea (Fiala 1994). The following two cultivars have been among the most successful rosybloom crabs.


'Liset'

Highly regarded for its flower and fruit quality, a good landscape crab considered an improvement on its parent M. × purpurea ‘Lemoinei’.

Growth Rate/Size: Medium (<6 m)
Form/shape/habit: Rounded, open
Foliage: Maroon turning bronze-green
Flower colour: Rose-red from crimson buds
Flower size: Medium (<4 cm)
Flower form: Single
Flower season: Early
Fruit size: Small (<2 cm)
Fruit shape: Round
Fruit colour: Dark crimson, glossy
Fruit season: Early
Disease resistance/susceptibility: Low susceptibility
Parentage/origin: M. × purpurea ‘Lemoinei’ × M. toringo
Raiser/collector: Simon Doorenbos, The Hague, Netherlands.
Date of introduction: Raised 1938, named 1952 for the raiser’s granddaughter

(Description duplicated under Malus Cultivars L-M ‘Liset’)


'Profusion'

A classic and popular crab apple, well named for its profuse pink blossom. M. ‘Directeur Moerlands’ (syn. ‘Profusion Improved’) is similar but more disease resistant, and has a slightly more lobed leaf.

Growth Rate/Size: Medium (<6 m)
Form/shape/habit: Upright, spreading
Foliage: Purplish-bronze turning dark green.
Flower colour: Deep rose-pink
Flower size: Large (>4 cm)
Flower form: Single
Flower season: Early
Fruit size: Small (<2 cm)
Fruit shape: Round
Fruit colour: Dark purple
Fruit season: Mid
Disease resistance/susceptibility: Low susceptibility to mildew and canker
Parentage/origin: M. × purpurea ‘Lemoinei’ × M. toringo
Raiser/collector: Simon Doorenbos, The Hague, Netherlands.
Date of introduction: Before 1938

(Description duplicated under Malus Cultivars N-Q ‘Profusion’)