An exciting new introduction, this is a very hardy, narrowly upright to columnar ornamental tree with showy pink flowers followed by smallish purple fruit and rich burgundy-purple leaves all season; use for its distinctive form.
Gladiator Flowering Crab is covered in stunning clusters of fragrant pink flowers along the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive rose flower buds before the leaves. It has attractive deep purple foliage which emerges burgundy in spring. The pointy leaves are ornamentally significant and turn yellow in fall. The fruits are showy purple pomes carried in abundance from early to late fall. The rough brown bark is not particularly outstanding.