Crabapple Trees

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Flowering Crabapple Trees

Crabapple tree varieties

Perfect Plants offers a selection of four Crabapple tree varieties, that are ready to bring their showy flowers and boldly colored fruit to your yard! Crabapples have a wide range of use and can pollinate your apple trees to provide a large bounty of fruit, all while bringing an elegant accent to your home. Because of their small stature, Crabapple trees are a great choice for planting near power lines and are well-adapted to urban soil conditions. Planting Crabapple trees for deer and wildlife can keep maintenance low all while supporting your local ecosystem. Deer love munching on the edible fruit that Crabapples produce! There are more than 1,000 varieties of Crabapple Trees in the world, and we have hand-picked our favorites just for you! Growing zones should play a part when choosing the right variety for your region. Crabapple tree zones range from USDA growing zone 4-9. The hardiest Crabapple tree variety we offer is the Dolgo Crabapple Tree, Malus ‘Dolgo’, and is known for its heavy fruit bearing qualities. Have too much fruit? Dolgo Crabapple fruit is naturally high in pectin making it perfect for preserves.  When it comes to fertilizer for Crabapple trees, it is only required when your natural soil lacks the essential micro and macronutrients. Overfertilizing a Crabapple tree can increase the likelihood of developing diseases like fire blight and apple scab. 


What does a Crabapple Tree Look Like?

Crabapples are known for their ability to produce an abundance of clustering showy flowers. The flowering color depends on the variety of Crabapple trees, but they will generally bear cascades of red, pink, and white. The Crabapple tree leaves bring out the brightly colored flowers with a contrasting deep green color and elliptic shape. Crabapples are deciduous, so expect a bare tree during winter. Once spring arrives, your tree will flush out with small leaves and buds, as they prepare to bear fruit in the Fall. The Crabapple tree fruit has a wide spectrum of warm colors, varying from green, yellow, orange, and red. Although edible, some Crabapple fruit may surprise you with its sour or bitter taste. The Dolgo and Centennial Crabapples are the outliers, as they bear sweet fruit ready to eat off the tree.  


How Big do Crabapple Trees get?

With a height of 10 to 25 feet and a symmetrical vase-like crown, the Crabapple tree can be used as a shade tree, privacy wall, and container plant. In some cases, Crabapples are good specimens as bonsai trees. The Crabapple tree size largely depends on the variety chosen and its growing location. Most Crabapple trees will have a larger width than height, which should play a part in determining an appropriate planting spot. 


How Fast do Crabapple Trees Grow?

The average growth rate for Crabapple trees is 1-2 feet per year when given the proper environment. Fast-growing Crabapple trees, like the Malus sylvestris and Malus “Arnoldiana’, can grow as fast as 3 feet per year. 


How Long do Crabapple Trees Live?

The Crabapple tree lifespan ranges from 30 to 40 years. This number is highly dependent on your climate, maintenance, and disease control; but a good way to tell on the age and condition of your tree is the density of its foliage. Sparse foliage can indicate that your tree may be at the end of its life. 


When do Crabapple Trees Bloom?

Crabapple trees bloom in Spring, from April to May, and will bring along friendly bees ready to pollinate your neighborhood. To ensure that your tree blooms at its maximum, choose the right variety and fertilize as needed. 

How to Prune Crabapple Trees

The best time to prune Crabapple trees is in early spring or late winter because your tree will be dormant. Pruning Crabapple trees in winter should only be done when there is no threat of severe frost. To begin pruning, sanitize large pruning shears and first clip off crossing branches right above the base of the trunk. Remove any branches that are promoting crowding as well as suckers, that will sprout at the bottom of the tree. A common preventative treatment of disease is to immediately prune off water sprouts that grow between a branch and the trunk of the tree.     


How to Plant a Crabapple Tree?

Planting a Crabapple tree is straightforward once you have selected the right cultivar for your growing zone and climate. Choose a spot where the tree will have ample room to spread its wide reaching branches, away from low power lines and structures. Crabapple trees thrive in sunny spots, so plant them where they can receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. Also, these trees like well draining conditions and are tolerant to clay, sand, alkaline, and acidic soils
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