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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- Attractive blooms & foliage
- Cold hardy
- Self pollinating
- Low maintenance