First Editions® Gladiator™ Crabapple

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Compact Hot Pink First Editions® Gladiator™ Crabapple!

  • Profusion of Bright Pink Flowers
  • Glossy Bronze-Purple Summer Foliage
  • Columnar, Smaller-Sized Tree
  • Fragrant & Calls Pollinators
  • Ruffled Blooms
  • Small Reddish-Purple Fruit
  • Red Fall Color
  • Persistent Fruit & Winter Interest
  • Blooms Attract Pollinators
  • Fruit Attracts Songbirds
  • Edible Fruit
  • Cold Hardy

A fantastic fruit-bearing, flowering tree that fits snugly beneath power lines, the new First Editions® Gladiator™ Crabapple (Malus x adstringens 'Durleo' PP20,167) bursts into spring as a cloud of bright-pink ruffled flowers, often continuing into early summer. Pollinators arrive in droves for the fragrant, nectar-rich blossoms!

Gladiator™ is an excellent ornamental tree with year-round interest! Summer brings glossy bronze-purple leaves and a bounty of small reddish-purple fruit!

In the winter, after the fall leaves blazed red, the striking bark has unique bole-like bumps on the trunk, which stand out in the landscape!

How to Use First Editions® Gladiator™ Crabapple Tree In The Landscape

Beautiful planted in a row as small street trees or planted along driveways or shading paths. Plant several as a hedgerow for privacy, windbreaks and screening, or in groups for an eye-catching show!

Fantastic specimen and focal point trees for space-challenged sites, enjoy these by your porch or patio as shade, or as front yard accents!

Bushels of ornamental, tart fruit is great in preserves - if the songbirds don’t beat you to them! Persisting until winter, you’ll gain color often absent within the winter landscape.

#ProPlantTips For Care

Requiring full sun in moderately moist, well-drained soil, any enriched site is perfect for Gladiator™!

Prune as needed to maintain any size, these are low maintenance and disease-resistant. Thriving in USDA growing zones 2 - 8, Gladiator™ is incredibly cold-hardy!

Mulch the soil surface to increased moisture retention and insulation. Head over to our Garden Blog for more Crabapple information!

Order quality trees from and be the first to grow the new First Editions® Gladiator™ Crabapple today!

Buying Options for Plants

Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#6 Container Ranges from 5.25 to 6.01 dry gallons / 23.12 to 26.42 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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This proprietary eCommerce software prevents the shipment of a restricted plant to each state. The Plant Sentry system includes a shipment certification program. The Plant Sentry Compliance Officer works closely with and each nursery or fulfillment center to ensure only compliant plants are sold to customers.

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To obtain a more accurate shipment time-frame, simply enter your zip code in the “Find Your Growing Zone” box to the right. Our plants are grown all over the country and lead time on items may be different because of this. Once your order is placed, you will also receive the specific shipment time-frame information as part of your order confirmation. Once an item ships, you will receive shipment notification and tracking numbers, so you can follow along while your plant travels to your doorstep. We use FedEx, UPS, or USPS at our discretion.

Due to winter weather we have put a hold on shipping to the areas shown below in grey. You can still order now and we will ship the plant to you during an appropriate time for your zone.

*If you have found your zone already, it will be highlighted in the table below.
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Shipping Rates

At Nature Hills we handle, package and ship the products you order with the utmost care to ensure healthy delivery. Shipping and handling charges are calculated based on the tables below. Please note that some items include an additional handling surcharge, these will be noted on the item's product page.

From To S&H
0 - 19.99 24.99
20 - 49.99 29.99
50 - 69.99 34.99
70 - 99.99 39.99
100 - 129.99 44.99
130 - 149.99 48.99
150 - 150+ Approx 28%

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First Editions® Gladiator™ Crabapple Is Suited to Grow in Zones 2-8
Growing Zones 2-8
More Information
Brand First Editions
Botanical Name Malus x adstringens 'Durleo'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 20 feet
Mature Spread 9 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Widely Adaptable
Moisture Low Once Established
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color Bronze Purple
Foliage Bronze Purple
Foliage Color Bronzy Purple
Fall Color Red
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 Years
Pruning Time Late Winter
Fragrant Yes