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A purple leaf crab apple

Post  Vlad on Tue Jul 26, 2016 7:03 am

I like the deciduous trees for their constant changes of appearance throughout the whole year.   Maybe they do not have the same dignity and calm that is characteristic for the old specimen of the pines or the wild, dynamic beauty of junipers or yews.    Their beauty consists in the joy they bring to our lives - kisses under the cherry blossom, apple pie, plum brandy - just to name a few...

On the top of the list of the deciduous trees is the purple leaf crab apple for me.  And here it is why:

The purple of the new growth



The beauty of the flowers



The shot of fruits will come next year Rolling Eyes

The autumn colours




The shots above are related to this pre-bonsai.  July 2016, new growth, before wiring.   Current height excluding the sacrifice top branch 19 cm  +/-




The yamadori in 2013


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Re: A purple leaf crab apple

Post  BobbyLane on Tue Jul 26, 2016 9:01 am

I too, love deciduous all through the year, in leaf, without leaf, in autumn....ive never seen a purple crab before, its progressing well and nice colours Cool

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Re: A purple leaf crab apple

Post  my nellie on Tue Jul 26, 2016 7:43 pm

Very nice little tree!

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Autumn colors? No chance yet. The little Malus follows its own calendar...

Post  Vlad on Sat Nov 19, 2016 11:19 am

End of October:
Regadless of what the other trees are busy with this small apple tree is still focused to finish its growth.  



First half of November:
Few nights with a temp drop close to -7°C  (19°F ).  I have expected that the leaves will be frozen...No way. They are there and "seemingly still working"





Current height: 23 cm.  The leaves are far too big,  but I guess that this will be solved within the next few years and a pair of sharp scissors.   Happy to see the small branchlet  down on the right.

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Re: A purple leaf crab apple

Post  LanceMac10 on Sat Nov 19, 2016 11:53 am

I have one as well......
















Your malus is quite the looker, much more interesting than my own!!!



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Re: A purple leaf crab apple

Post  Vlad on Sat Nov 19, 2016 1:09 pm

Nice surprise Lance. I have not seen many of them as a bonsai. The new growth has amazing colour... Very nice tree.

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Re: A purple leaf crab apple

Post  my nellie on Sun Nov 20, 2016 9:24 am

Nice colors!!!

@ LanceMac10 : May I ask which is the scientific name of the red leaf crab apple?

@ Vladimir : How would you rate the strength of the wood of apple trees? There is a feeling that it is not long lasting...

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Re: A purple leaf crab apple

Post  Vlad on Sun Nov 20, 2016 2:02 pm

Hi Alexandra, good to hear from you.  In terms of wood hardness it is close to a cherry, a pear tree or even to an oak or a hornbeam.  You are right about the resistance of its deadwood to rot.  
A rot could be a problem for any part under the soil level but that applies for most other species anyway.  I use an acrylic resins - ( solakryl or paraloid )  to protect these under soil areas.   The deadwood above the soil level - the rot is less problematic there - I use a treatment with lime sulphur or a natural pine resin solution in etanol.    

As far as this small Malus is concerned - I think that a significant section of the current deadwood may be converted into an uro.   Or better to say I will be forced by the rot to do it.   But then I am sure the tree will stay around for good dozens of years.

Btw. wood resistance - it is quite interesting topic. The wood of a true yamadori ( a tree collected from areas where it has only a very limited growth ) has significantly harder wood and will be less resilient then a typical garden tree or a tree produced from a seed of the same species with ample supply of nutrients and water. I also believe that the resistance to rot of such trees is much higher.


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Re: A purple leaf crab apple

Post  Randy_Davis on Sun Nov 20, 2016 3:26 pm

my nellie wrote:Nice colors!!!

@ LanceMac10 : May I ask which is the scientific name of the red leaf crab apple?

Nellie,

This crabapple is a hybrid and as such it's botanical name is Malus x purpurea

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Re: A purple leaf crab apple

Post  my nellie on Sun Nov 20, 2016 8:14 pm

Hi, Vladimir!
Thank you for your detailed answer.

Randy, thank you too!

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