Chonosuki Crab Apple, Large Trees

General Info Edible Fruit / Nuts, Wildlife Value
Shade Full Sun, Partial Shade
Area Exposed Windy Areas, Frost Pockets, Scotland & The North
Soil Good, Well Drained, Acidic, Alkaline/Chalky
Colour White/Cream
Type Screening
Ornamental Autumn Colour, Berries
Flowering May

Malus tschonoskii (Standard)

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SIZES 1-3 4-910+
6/8cm Girth Standard. Bareroot Available to order - delivery from November£74.95Available to order - delivery from November£62.45Available to order - delivery from November£58.30
  Prices include VAT(where applicable)

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Crab Apple, Tschonoskii - Standard needs...
  • Tree Guards for Standards and established Trees

    Tree Guard, Heavy Duty

    From £4.02

  • Treated Tree Stakes

    Stakes, Tree Planting

    From £5.76

  • Rootgrow Root Stimulant


    From £6.00

  • Tree Planting pack - mulch mat, pegs, stake and tie

    Tree Planting Pack

    From £10.19

Malus tschonoskii: Bareroot Chonosuki / Pillar Crab Apple Trees in Standard Sizes

Chonosuki is also known as the Pillar crab apple due to its vigorous, narrow, upright growth. Grown primarily for its foliage rather than the flowers and fruit, its season of glory is in Autumn, when the large leaves turn into a mottled tapestry of warm yellow, orange and scarlet with purple-green patches. It also has lovely silvery leaves in spring that turn lush green by summer.

The white flowers, with just a blush of pink, aren't as abundant as our other crab apples and the rather sparse, yellow-green fruit that follow aren't showy either, although they do remain on the branches into the new year (they are gritty and not worth cooking with).

It can reach a height of about 10-12 metres. Despite its height, it is very compact and the canopy of mature trees shouldn't spread more than 3-4 metres across.

Browse our variety of crab apple trees or our full range of ornamental garden trees.

Delivery season: Crab apple trees are delivered bareroot during late autumn and winter, approximately November-March inclusive.
Choosing a size: Small trees are cheaper, easier to handle and more forgiving of less than ideal aftercare, so they are best for a big planting project. If instant impact is your priority, or if you are only buying a few plants for use in a place where it is convenient to water them well in their first year, then you may as well use bigger ones. All our bareroot trees are measured by their height in centimetres above the ground (the roots aren't measured).


  • Height: 10-12m
  • Soil: Any fertile and well drained
  • Use: Specimen, small garden, large container, avenue, urban
  • Colour: Small, unimpressive white flowers in May
  • Superb Autumn colour, silvery Spring foliage
  • Bareroot delivery only: November-March

Growing Chonosuki Crab Apples

Any well drained soil with decent fertility. Suitable for large containers designed for trees. Full sun or partial shade. Tolerant of pollution.

We don't recommend this tree for poor, dry soils, where the stress of an especially hot or humid summer tends to increase its disease susceptibility.

Did You Know?

Seeds from this tree were collected from Mount Fujiyama, Japan, by Sargent, and they were growing in the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University by 1892. It has won two awards for its autumn colour. The species is named after the Japanese plant collector Chonosuki / Chonosuke Sukawa (1841-1925), who assisted Carl Johann Maximowicz (the first European to describe this tree, he initially classified it as a pear) for several years during his expedition in the 1860's. 

As of 2014, the largest known example in the UK is at Cambridge Botanic Garden, which is a whopping 17 metres tall but only 161cm wide, which we assume required some pruning.  

Standard trees are measured by their girth in centimetres 1 metre above ground level: their trunk's waist measurement. Unlike sapling trees and hedge plants, standards aren't measured by their height, which will vary quite a bit both between and within species.
So, a 6/8cm standard tree has a trunk with a circumference of 6-8cm and an 8/10 standard has a trunk 8-10cm around. This measurement makes no difference to the tree's final height.
On average, standard trees are 2-3.5 metres tall when they arrive, but we cannot tell you precisely how tall your trees will be before we deliver them.

  • Small Box

    Small boxes

    (Orders containing seedlings or rooted cuttings)


    including VAT per order

  • Small box

    (All barerooted plants under 1.2 metres in height. Please note: all trees are charged at the trees and hedging rate.)


    including VAT per order

  • Medium box

    (Any pots up to
    and incl. 7.5L)


    including VAT per order

  • Trees & Hedging

    (For all orders of trees of any size, and all bareroot plants 1.2 metres and over in height)


    including VAT per order

  • Pallets

    (For all orders of root balls,
    and large orders, a pallet
    price will be automatically
    applied at checkout)


    including VAT per order

*Delivery to mainland Britain & the Isle of Wight ONLY. Surcharges to the Isle of Wight and some areas of Scotland apply.

Bareroot planting is best done between November and April
Bareroot and potted - what's the difference?

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