Malus 'Indian Summer'

Indian Summer Crabapple

Categories: Flowering/Ornamental Trees

‘Indian Summer’ is a crabapple that typically matures to 15-20’ tall. It is noted for its broad-rounded shape, deep rose-red flowers, red fruit, fall color and good disease resistance. Oval leaves (to 3” long) emerge purplish when young, turn medium green for the remainder of the growing season and display good orange-red fall color.

More About Malus 'Indian Summer'

  • good resistance to scab and rust
  • A lighter flower than Malus 'Indian Magic'

Crimson buds open in spring to rose-red flowers. Flowers are followed by bright red crabapples (to 3/4” diameter) that mature in fall and persist into winter. Birds are attracted to the fruit.


15-20 ft


10-18 ft

Hardiness Zone:


Malus 'Indian Summer' Characteristics


  • Specimen
  • Interesting Bark
  • Screening/Hedge
  • Fragrant
  • Mass Plant
  • Salt Tolerant


  • Sun Tolerant
  • Does best in full sun
  • Part Sun/Part Shade

Growth Rate in the Garden

  • Medium

Nature Attraction

  • Songbirds

Season of Interest (Flowering)

  • Spring

Soil Moisture Needs

  • Average
  • Tolerates most soils

Disease Resistance

  • apple scab resistant

Fall Color

  • Yellow
  • Orange

Flower Color

  • Pink
  • Deep Pink
  • Rose


  • bright red


  • Spreading