Lancelot Crabapple – Malus ‘Lanzam’

Lancelot Crabapple – Malus ‘Lanzam’

color photo Lancelot Crabapple - Malus 'Lanzam' blossoms

Family Rosaceae – Rose Family

Lancelot Crabapple is a compact, upright crabapple covered with snowy-white blooms in spring and crisp green foliage throughout summer. Fall shows gold foliage giving way to a golden veil of fruit, which persists well into the new year. This is an excellent crabapple for small areas [2].

Crabapples (Malus) are the most stunning of spring flowering trees for Midwest landscapes and are a great choice for the home garden. Many of them are small in stature and can maintain visual interest throughout the changing seasons (spring flowers, fall fruit, textured bark and craggy branches in winter).

Lancelot Crabapple - Malus 'Lanzam'Lancelot Crabapple is 9 years old

There are about 55 different species in the genus Malus, and there are innumerable cultivars available in the landscape trade. The Arboretum’s Crabapple Collection was started in 1924. Part of this collection on the West Side participated in the National Crabapple Evaluation Program which evaluated new and disease-resistant varieties. As a result of the multi-year evaluation and additions, it has transformed into the West Side Malus collection which now contains 60 different kinds and over 140 specimens with highly desirable qualities.  [3]


  1. Lancelot Crabapple – Malus ‘Lanzam’, Morton acc. 79-2000*4, Photos © Bruce Marlin
  2. Morton Arboretum, Crabapples for the Home Landscape
  3. Oklahoma Biological Survey, Malus ioensis (Wood.) Britt.

Family Rosaceae – Rose Family; Fruit Trees
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