• Crabapples

  • Flowers are one of the most delightful creations that nature has to offer but not all flowers need to grow at ground level. In fact, the flowering crabapple tree offers a gorgeous cascade of flowers right at eye level.

    Crabapple trees are very popular for being able to provide aesthetics throughout the year. During springtime, the delicate colors of the buds and leaves of crabapple trees can be very pleasant. The buds can be of one color and the opened flowers can be of a different hue. And come autumn, the fruits of the crabapple tree will surely match the life of the environment. The fall makes the colors of the fruit become even more vibrant.

    The flowers of crabapple tree are to be expected in full bloom during late April up to middle of May. There are classifications of the flowers of the crabapple tree. There is the single type with only five petals in it and the semi-double has six to ten petals. The double type has more than ten petals. Double-flowered crabapple trees will be able to keep the flowers longer but the fruits are not abundant. The colors of the flowers can range from the almost pearly white, delicately fine pinks or even a deep red. Some can even grow crabapple trees with flowers having coral or salmon color.

    Given all these wonderful things about a flowering crabapple tree, it is only expected that one will aim to have one in his or her own yard. Crabapple trees, like any other trees, have peculiar characteristics and needs that will require certain responsibilities from the owner. Be sure to talk with your Trees On The Move professional for some pointers to take note in growing your own flowering crabapple tree.

    Crab/Crabapple (Malus)

    Adams Crabapple

    Dense, rounded, disease resistant ornamental tree with green foliage that changes to an orange-red leaf in the fall. Pink Flowers bloom in the spring with a red fruit in the fall that attracts birds. Height: 15 to 20 ft. Spread: 15 to 20 ft. Bloom Time: April. Sun: Full sun. Water: Medium. Maintenance: Low.

     

    Donald Wyman Crabapple

    Fragrant, white, single flowers bloom in abundance in spring (April). Flowers are followed by bright red crabapples that mature in fall. Crabapples persist on the tree well into winter, providing additional interest. Birds are attracted to the fruit. Leaves are dark green and toothed. Leaves turn amber-gold in fall. Height: 15 to 20 ft. Spread: 17 to 22 ft. Bloom Time: April. Bloom Description: White. Sun: Full sun. Water: Medium. Maintenance: Low.

     

    Golden Raindrops Crabapple

    Hardy, small ornamental tree. A highly attractive and unusual crabapple with deeply cut leaves and golden yellow fruit. Unique foliage gives the tree a fine-textured, delicate appearance. Blooms white flowers in spring. Height: 15 to 20 ft. Spread: 15 to 18 ft. Bloom Time: April. Bloom Description: White. Sun: Full sun. Water: Medium. Maintenance: Low.

     

    Prairifire Crabapple

    Prairiefire crabapple is considered one of the best of the scab resistant crabapple cultivars in the nursery trade. It has purple new foliage, clear red-pink flowers, and abundant dark red fruit.

    Height: 20 ft. Spread: 20 ft. Bloom Time: Spring. Color: Pink. Sun: Full Sun.

     

    Profusion Crabapple

    Deciduous spreading crabapple. It is noted for its rounded shape, violet-red flowers, red fruit and good disease resistance. Oval leaves (to 3” long) emerge reddish-purple when young, turn bronze green during the growing season and finally turning amber in the fall. Height: 15 to 30 ft. Spread: 20 to 35 ft. Bloom Time: April. Bloom Description: Violet-red. Sun: Full. Water: Medium. Maintenance: Low.

     

    Spring Snow Crabapple

    Deciduous, small ornamental tree with a rounded growth habit. Great where fruit producing trees can be a problem because Spring Snow Crabapples don’t produce fruit. The tree is completely covered with white flowers in spring. Bright green leaves emerge as blooms fade. Dazzling specimen. Height: 25 ft. Spread: 22 ft. Full sun.

     

    SugarTyme Crabapple

    Deciduous, upright, oval shaped tree. Flowers are followed by masses of small, glossy, red crabapples (to 1/2" diameter) which mature in the fall and persist well into the winter. The fruits are attractive to birds. Slender and ovate dark green leaves. Height: 14 to 18 ft. Spread: 11 to 15 ft. Bloom Time: April. Bloom Description: Pale pink buds; white flowers. Sun: Full sun. Water: Medium. Maintenance: Low.

     

    Adirondack Crabapple

    ‘Adirondack’ exhibits a combination of many desirable traits that make it a near perfect crabapple. The narrow, upright-branched growth habit combines with an annual bloom cycle, abundant, small, persistent fruit, with a slow to moderate growth rate. An abundant, bright orange-red, hard, small fruit persist until early winter. Height: to 15-20 ft. Spread: 10-16 ft. Bloom Time: Spring. Leaf Color: Green. Flower Color: White.

     

    Coralburst Crabapple

    The Coralburst Crab is slower growing Crabapple. It has small, dark green foliage and coral pink buds that open to double, rose-pink flowers which are followed by reddish-orange fruit. The tree is fragrant and usually attract birds. It is disease resistant to cedar-apple rust, mildew and fire blight. Height: to 15-20 ft. Spread: 8-10 ft. Bloom Time: Spring. Leaf Color: Green. Flower Color: Coral-pink. Sun: Sun. Water: Med. Maintenance: low. Growth Rate: Med.

     

    Red Jewell Crabapple

    A popular ornamental featuring white flowers in spring and persistent bright red fruit in fall, very compact, upright habit of growth; perfect front yard or garden border specimen; excellent disease resistance; needs well-drained soil and full sun. Height: 18 ft. Spread: 12 ft. Sun: Full. Maintenance: Low. Bloom Time: Spring. Bloom Color: White.

     

    Royal Raindrops Crabapple

    An upright-spreading, disease-resistant, easy-to-grow, crabapple tree that features deeply lobed purple foliage which retains excellent color throughout summer. The magenta-pink flowers bloom in spring and tiny maroon-red crabapples mature in late summer. Excellent orange-red fall color. Height: 15 to 20 ft. Spread: 12 to 16 ft. Bloom Time: April. Bloom Description: Magenta-pink. Sun: Full sun. Water: Medium. Maintenance: Low.

     

    Firebird Sargentii Crabapple (dwarf)

    An old variety, proven over the years to be one the best. Very graceful habit with irregular spreading branches produces a fine winter silhouette. Height: 8 ft. Spread: 10 ft. Bloom color: White flowers. Foliage: Dark green.

     

    Snowdrift Crabapple

    One of the most popular crabs. The crown is very uniform and symmetrical, making it one of the more formal looking crabs. Flowers are followed by masses of small, orange-red crabapples Height: 15 to 20 ft. Spread: 15 to 20 ft. Bloom Time: April to May. Bloom Description: White. Sun: Full sun. Water: Medium. Maintenance: Medium. Foliage: Glossy dark green.

     

    Pink Spire Crabapple

    Upright tree with showy rose-pink flowers in spring followed by persistent bright red fruit in fall; makes a great accent for smaller home landscapes. Likes well-drained soil. Height: 15 ft. Spread: 12 ft. Sun: Full. Foliage: Purplish foliage matures to bronze-green in summer.

     

    Tina Crabapple (dwarf)

    Dwarf ornamental tree with tight spreading branches. Pink-red buds open to white spring blossoms producing red fruit. Ovate, lobed, dark green leaves turn yellow in autumn. The yellow fall color contrasts well with the red fruit. Height: 6 to 7 ft. Spread: 4 to 5 ft. Bloom Time: April. Bloom Description: White. Sun: Full. Water: Medium. Maintenance: Low.

     

    Sargent Crabapple (dwarf)

    Dwarf, spreading ornamental tree with an interesting growth habit. Pink buds open to white flowers in spring. Dark red fruit follows. Distinctly lobed foliage. Good specimen plant. Very hardy. Sun: full. Height: 6-8’. Spread: 12’.