Dolgo Crabapple Tree

Product Description

The Dolgo Crabapple Tree produces beautiful white blooms and prolific crimson red fruits for all to see and enjoy!

Dolgo Crabapple signals the start of spring with its showy white flowers that contrast the dark green leaves and foliage perfectly! As the seasons change, the spring flowers will mature into small to medium sized red fruit that attracts birds and other wildlife and acts as a food source through winter. This heavy bearing tree’s fruit can be eaten or transformed into sweet jams, jellies, or ciders for human consumption too.

The scarlet fruit is high in natural pectin and makes the most delicious Dolgo Crabapple Jelly recipe. No added pectin is needed for this versatile crabapple tree fruit! Ripe fruit has a tart and mildly sweet flavor that only needs a little added sugar to make it palatably sweet for your tastebuds. Red crabapple fruit ripen earlier than other varieties in late summer through early fall and are 1-2 inches in diameter.

The fragrant White Flowering Crabapple Tree’s green foliage will fade to shades of yellow and orange red as fall and winter become closer and temperatures drop. This gives the tree excellent fall color and visual appearance during the autumn season. Once winter temperatures are constant, the deciduous tree’s leaves will fall to the ground to prepare the tree for dormancy.

Plant this crabapple tree as a focal point in your landscape, in clusters of 2-3 trees for bursts of white blooms, or in your fruit tree orchards to help with cross pollination. We also have many hunters and wildlife enthusiasts plant this tree in their food plots to invite deer, turkey, songbirds, and other animals to feed during winter.

When Do Crabapple Trees Bloom?

The Malus Dolgo Crabapple variety will begin blooming in early spring. Typically this occurs from March through April depending on your location. Dolgo is known as a rooster or pollinator tree for other fruiting plants (like apple trees) in the area you have it planted. It is self fertile and will pollinate its own flowers to produce the tart fruit, as well as help out apple pollination.

White Crabapple Tree Care

Dolgo flowering Crabapple tree grows best across the United States in USDA zones 3-9 in well draining, slightly acidic soil. Full sun is best for these ornamental trees to help them produce the most flowers and fruit during the active growing seasons. They can tolerate partial shade but edible fruit production is limited. This variety of crabapple is very cold hardy for the northern states but also tolerant of heat and drought once established.

Annual pruning, fertilizing, and mulching will help to keep your crab apple growing healthy, tall, and strong. Luckily, the White Crab apple tree is very resistant to pests and diseases such as apple scab and fire blight. This makes it very easy to grow and have spring blossoms every year!

Dolgo Crabapple Tree Growth Rate

The mature size of this flowering tree is up to 20-30 feet tall and 15-20 feet wide with an upright form or growth habit. It can be maintained to a smaller size so picking the fruit is easier for you! The growth rate is moderate to fast growing, up to 1-2 feet per year. Regular fertilizing will help to speed up the growth rate for a taller, more established tree (if that is what you desire).

How to Prune Crabapple Trees

The best time to prune crabapple trees is in late winter or early spring while the tree is still dormant. The leafless tree will have bare branches that are easy to prune and shape to your desired size. Prune away any suckers at the base of the tree, dead or crossed branches, or unsightly branches to improve the appearance.

The Dolgo Crabapple is highly approved for its disease resistance, being an excellent pollinator for apple trees, and an extended bloom season.

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Botanical Name

Malus 'Dolgo'

Sunlight Full Sun
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Red, Green
Mature Height 20-30 ft
Mature Width 15-30 ft
Growing Zones 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9 Growing Zones
Special Features
  • Attractive blooms & foliage
  • Cold hardy
  • Self pollinating
  • Low maintenance

Shipping Info

Once your Dolgo Crabapple Tree order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.

Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.

upside down test

No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.

Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.

We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.

Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?

Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.

our story Lloyd nurseryGrowing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.

Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!

Pot Sizes

Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.

Shipping Fees

Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order.  Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.

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Care

Choose a planting location that offers adequate sunlight and shade in a low traffic area. Allow proper clearance for the mature growth size. Well-drained soil is ideal. Water regularly for the first planted year to ensure adequate water is available for establishing a strong root system. Prune as necessary to remove any damaged or dead foliage and to promote a well-balanced structure.

Planting Instructions:

Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.

Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.

Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright.  Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.

A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.

To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your plant our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!

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  1. Anonymous (verified owner)

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    So excited for this tree! I bought this to make crabapple jelly as it is supposed to be one of the best crabapple trees for the fruit.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Thank you so much for reviewing our Dolgo Crabapple Tree! They are the perfect fruits for jams and jellies! Enjoy

  2. sybob2008 (verified owner)

    I bought 3 trees and they arrived in a couple . they were in exellent shape, looking forward to getting alot of fruit.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      Thank you so much for reviewing our Dolgo Crabapple Tree! We hope you get tons of fruit this upcoming year and make all the jelly you were telling us about. Yum!

  3. Brian Bader (verified owner)

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    The trees are doing very well. I am looking forward to planting them this fall. I have them being watered with drip irrigation.

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    • Perfect Plants (store manager)

      We are glad your new Dolgo Crabapple trees are doing well, Brian!

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