Flowering cRABAPPLE

FAMILY: Rosaceae | GENUS: MALUS

TYPE
  • Deciduous
  • Trees
SUN EXPOSURE
  • Full Sun
WATER
  • Moderate Water
  • Regular Water

Plant Details

From North America, Europe, Asia. These beloved ornamental trees have much to offer, including spectacular springtime flowers, ornamental (and occasionally edible) fruit, and adaptability to a wide range of soil types and growing conditions. More than 600 kinds are cultivated, and a new selection seems to appear every few days.

Trees range in height from 640 ft., but most reach about 25 ft. high. Oval, pointed leaves may be solid deep green, burgundy tinged, or even purple; fall color is seldom rousing, but some types do turn yellow or even orange. Profuse single, semidouble, or double blossoms in white, pink, or red appear in spring, usually before the leaves unfurl; they sometimes have a sweet, musky fragrance. Small red, orange, or yellow apples (size varies from 34 to 2 in. wide) ripen from midsummer into autumn and can be quite showy. In some types, the fruit persists well into winter and supplies food for robins, mockingbirds, cardinals, cedar waxwings, blue jays, and many other birds.

Among the most popular crabapple selections grown for fruit (used for jelly making and pickling) are 'Transcendent', with 2-in., red-cheeked yellow apples that ripen in summer; 'Centennial', with 1-in., scarlet-and-yellow fruit; and 'Dolgo', with 1-in. crimson fruit. The red-fruited 'Maypole' is a newer columnar dwarf crabapple. Other crabapples are prized for cider, including 'Virginia Crab' ('Hewe's Crab'), 'Geneva', and 'Giant Russian'. For information about general care, see Apple.

M. angustifolia. SOUTHERN WILD CRABAPPLE. MS, LS, CS; USDA 7-9. Rounded tree 2530 ft. tall by 25 ft. wide. Red buds open to single, very fragrant pink flowers that fade to white. Aromatic, yellowish green fruit to 1 in. across. Susceptible to fireblight, rust, and scab. Attractive in natural settings.

M. coronaria. WILD SWEET CRABAPPLE. US, MS; USDA 6-7. Broad, spreading tree to 30 ft. tall by 35 ft. wide. Pink buds open into single flowers in pure white or pink-tinged white. Large, yellowish green fruit. Blooms late. Susceptible to rust and scab.

M. floribunda. JAPANESE FLOWERING CRABAPPLE. US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8. Broad, dense tree to 1525 ft. tall and wide. Deep pink buds open to incredibly profuse, single, fragrant, white flowers. Small fruit is red, blushed yellow; does not last long. Moderate disease resistance.

M. hupehensis. TEA CRAB- APPLE. US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8. Grows 1525 ft. tall and wide. Deep pink buds open to single, white, fragrant flowers. Small, greenish yellow to red fruit; not showy. Picturesque form, with branches angled from short trunk. Moderate disease resistance.

M. sargentii. SARGENT CRABAPPLE. US. MS. LS; USDA 6-8. Broad, densely branched tree to 10 ft. tall by 20 ft. wide. Profuse show of small, single, white, fragrant flowers. Tiny, red, long-lasting fruit. Good disease resistance. 'Candymint' has pink flowers with petals outlined in pink. 'Rosea', a pink-flowered form, may be more disease prone than the species.

M. x sieboldii zumi (M. zumi 'Calocarpa'). US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8. Densely branched, rounded tree to 15 ft. tall and wide. Fragrant, single open pale pink then fade to white. Small, glossy, bright red, long lasting fruit. Moderate susceptibility to fireblight. Usually resistant to scab.

'Adams'. US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8. Dense, round-headed tree to 20 ft. tall and wide. Red buds open to single pink flowers. Dull red, small, long-lasting fruit. Orange fall foliage. Low chill; good disease resistance.

'Adirondack'. US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8. Columnar tree to 12 ft. tall by 6 ft. wide. Red buds open to large, red-tinged, single, waxy white flowers. Red to orange-red fruit. Formal in appearance. High disease resistance.

'Brandywine'. US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8. Vigorous, shapely tree to 1520 ft. tall and wide. Double, rose-pink flowers are fragrant. Yellowish green fruit. Leaves have reddish cast. Fair disease resistance.

'Callaway'. US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8. Attractive, round-headed tree to 1525 ft. tall by 1520 ft. wide. Pink buds open to single, white flowers. Deep red, large, long-lasting fruit. Low chill requirement; good choice for mild winter areas. High disease resistance.

'Candied Apple'. US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8. Weeping tree to 10 15 ft. tall by 20 ft. wide. Reddish buds open to single blossoms with deep pink outer petals, whitish inner petals edged in pink. Bright red, small fruit persists all winter. Good disease resistance.

'Centurion'. US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8. Oval tree to 25 ft. tall by 1520 ft. wide. Reddish buds open to single red flowers. Shiny, deep red, long-lasting fruit. Blooms young. High disease resistance.

'Coralburst'. Compact, rounded tree to 15 ft. tall and wide. Coral-pink buds open to double rose flowers. Susceptible to scab, resists rust and fire blight.

'Donald Wyman'. US, MS, LS, CS; USDA 6-9. Broad tree to 20 ft. tall by 25 ft. wide. Pink to red buds open to single white flowers. Small, shiny, bright red, long-lasting fruit. Lustrous foliage. Good disease resistance. An outstanding selection.

'Harvest Gold'. US, MS; USDA 6-7. Vigorous, narrow tree to 30 ft. tall by 15 ft. wide. Pink buds open to single white flowers. Showy, yellow fruit hangs on until spring. Blooms late. High disease resistance.

'Indian Summer'. US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8. Rounded tree to 1520 ft. tall and wide. Single, rose-red flowers. Bright red, long-lasting fruit. Good orange-red fall color. High disease resistance.

'Jewelberry'. US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8. Dwarfish, dense tree to 8 ft. tall by 12 ft. wide. Pink buds open to single white flowers. Small, shiny red, long-lasting fruit. Blooms young. Good disease resistance.

'Liset'. US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8. Roundish, dense tree to 1520 ft. tall and wide. Crimson buds open to deep red-to-crimson, single flowers. Dark red to maroon fruit holds well on the tree. Deep purplish green leaves. Fair disease resistance.

'Louisa'. US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8. Broad, weeping tree to 15 ft. tall and wide. Profuse, single, rose-pink flowers. Small, golden orange fruit. Excellent, graceful weeper. Glossy, dark green foliage. Good disease resistance.

'Molten Lava'. US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8. Spreading, weeping tree to 12 ft. tall by 15 ft. wide. Deep red buds open to single white flowers. Small, red-orange, long-lasting fruit. Bark is yellow; looks especially attractive against snow in winter. Good disease resistance.

'Narragansett'. US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8. Broad, round-headed tree to 15 ft. tall and wide. Red buds open to single white flowers with a faint touch of pink. Small, bright red, showy fruit. High disease resistance.

'Pink Princess'. US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8. Low, broad tree to 15 ft. tall by 12 ft. wide. Single, rose-pink flowers. Small, deep red, long-lasting fruit. Reddish green foliage. Good disease resistance.

'Prairifire'. US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8. Round-headed tree to 20 ft. tall and wide. Red buds open to single, deep pinkish red flowers. Small, dark red, long-lasting fruit. Leaves emerge reddish maroon, turn dark green. High disease resistance.

'Profusion'. US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8. Upright, spreading tree to 20 ft. tall and wide. Deep pink buds open to single, deep purplish pink flowers. Dark red, long-lasting fruit. Foliage is purple when young, matures to bronzy green. Good disease resistance.

'Red Jade'. US, MS; USDA 6-7. Irregular, weeping tree to 15 ft. tall and wide. Small, single, white flowers. Profuse, bright red fruit holds well into fall. Fair disease resistance.

'Red Jewel'. US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8. Small, rounded tree to 15 ft. tall by 12 ft. wide. Large, single, white flowers. Small, bright red, long-lasting fruit. Susceptible to scab, resists rust and fireblight.

'Robinson'. US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8. Dense, upright, vase-shaped tree to 25 ft. tall by 15 ft. wide. Deep red buds open to single, deep pink flowers. Dark red fruit. Copper-tinged foliage. High disease resistance.

'Royal Raindrops'. US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8. Upright, spreading tree to 20 ft. tall and 15 ft. wide. Single, bright, rose-colored flowers. Long-stemmed, red fruit. Purple, cutleaf foliage has excellent disease resistance.

'Show Time'. US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8. Broadly oval to rounded tree to 22 ft. tall and 20 ft. wide. Abundant, single, pinkish red flowers. Bright red fruit. Purple-bronze to bronzy green leaves. Susceptible to scab, otherwise good disease resistance.

'Strawberry Parfait'. US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8. Open, vase-shaped tree to 20 ft. tall by 25 ft. wide. Red buds open to profuse, single pink flowers, edged in red. Fruit is yellow blushed red. High disease resistance.

'Sugar Tyme'. US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8. Upright, oval tree to 18 ft. tall by 15 ft. wide. Delicate, light pink buds open to fragrant, single, white flowers. Abundant, red, long-lasting fruit. High disease resistance.

'Thunderchild'. US, MS, LS; USDA 6-8. Erect, oval tree to 20 ft. tall by 18 ft. wide. Single, rose-pink flowers. Dark red fruit. Purple foliage. Good disease resistance.

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