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Rivers Flowering Crab*

Malus spectabilis 'Riversii'

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Rivers Flowering Crab (Malus spectabilis 'Riversii') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Rivers Flowering Crab in bloom

Rivers Flowering Crab in bloom

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Rivers Flowering Crab (Malus spectabilis 'Riversii') at Alsip Home and Nursery

Rivers Flowering Crab flowers

Rivers Flowering Crab flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Height:  30 feet

Spread:  30 feet

Sunlight:  full sun 

Hardiness Zone:  4

Other Names:  Chinese Flowering Crabapple, Roseybloom


A highly ornamental tree for use as an accent in the home landscape, absolutely smothered in clear pink flowers in spring, followed by negligible small green fruit, vigorous grower; moderately disease resistant; limit pruning as much as possible

Ornamental Features

Rivers Flowering Crab is covered in stunning clusters of fragrant pink flowers along the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive red flower buds before the leaves. It has dark green foliage throughout the season. The pointy leaves turn yellow in fall. The fruits are showy light green pomes displayed from mid to late summer. The fruit can be messy if allowed to drop on the lawn or walkways, and may require occasional clean-up.

Landscape Attributes

Rivers Flowering Crab is a deciduous tree with a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

This tree will require occasional maintenance and upkeep, and usually looks its best without pruning, although it will tolerate pruning. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Messy

Rivers Flowering Crab is recommended for the following landscape applications;

  • Accent
  • Shade

Planting & Growing

Rivers Flowering Crab will grow to be about 30 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 30 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 5 feet from the ground, and should not be planted underneath power lines. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This is a selected variety of a species not originally from North America.


* This is a "special order" plant - contact store for details

Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight
Accent  Shade 
Flowers  Fruit  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features