Flower Crabapples: A Baker's Dozen

 


Article by: William Henry

Plant 'em if you've got 'em. If you don't have 'em, get 'em. They are not referred to as "Jewel of the Landscape" by accident. Those wonderful ornamental flowering , Buying a Lawn Mower crabapples offer a distinct landscape , Back Yard Landscaping feature for every single season, , Taking Care of Your Bonsai are easy to grow, , Back Yard Landscaping generally require little maintenance and somewhere at a local , Home for a Gnome? nursery or garden , To Make Your Own in a Pot center there is one with your name on it.

First, let's chat a bit about crabapples. Both apples and crabapples are in the rose , Shrub s and Climbing Roses family (Rosaceae) and the genus, Malus. This is where size really matters. Trees , Wood Fences: Installing Wood Fences for the Homeowner that produce fruit , Watering and Tending to Your Bamboo Plant Correctly in excess of two inches in diameter are considered to be apples. Trees , Home for a Gnome? that produce fruit , Watering and Tending to Your Bamboo Plant Correctly two inches or less in size are considered crabapples.

There are several wonderful varieties of crabapples such as Dolgo and Hopa that do produce fruit , Landscaping Tips: What is the Proper Mulch to Use for Trees large enough for nibbling on and which are more frequently used for making jelly. What we will be sharing in this article, however, is information , Step by Step 'Leaf' Stepping Stones about a baker's dozen of my favorite ornamental crabapples. Here we go.

1. Malus 'Adams' (Adams Crabapple) has a rounded shape with a mature height of approximately 25' and spread of 20'. It is adorned with pink flowers, , Healthy Soils Equal Bountiful Harvest! orange to red fall , Daylily "Red Hot Returns" color and ½" to 5/8" red fruit , How to Clone with Success which holds well into the winter. , Soil PH...An Important "Key" To Successful Gardening--In Plain English Considered hardy in zones 4-7, it also has good disease , Secrets To Beautiful Shade Gardens resistance.

2. Malus 'Indian Magic' (Indian Magic Crabapple) is somewhat vase shaped in form, with a height of 18' and spread that is similar. It has red buds , Creating Wildlife Gardens that open to deep pink flowers, , The Advantages of Silk s and has glossy orange to red ½" fruit , Shrub Roses and Climbing Roses that persists all winter. , Secrets To Beautiful Shade Gardens The foliage is dark green, , Wood Fences: Installing Wood Fences for the Homeowner turning orange to reddish in the fall. , How to Clone with Success This one is disease , Landscaping Tips: What is the Proper Mulch to Use for Trees resistant and considered hardy in zones 4-7.

3. Malus 'Donald Wyman' (Donald Wyman Crabapple) exhibits a rounded form at maturity with a height and spread of approximately 20' each. It has large white flowers, , Taking Care of Your Bonsai 3/8" red fruit , Fragrant Fine Art: Give your Garden a Design That's All Your Own which persists well into the winter, , Secrets To Beautiful Shade Gardens and glossy green summer , Landscaping Tips: What is the Proper Mulch to Use for Trees foliage. Hardy in zones 4-7 it has excellent disease , Maintaining Water Quality in a Garden Pond resistance.

4. Malus 'Liset' (Liset Crabapple) is an 18' high by 15' wide spread and has a dense rounded form. Its flowers , Creativity with Ponds are a deep red color, , The String Algae Blues the foliage is shiny purplish, and the fruit , Growing Tomatoes A Hobby for Everyone is ½" red to maroon in color. , Hammock Chairs - Relax in Style It is very disease , The Advantages of Silk Flowers resistant and rated for zones 4-7.

5. Malus 'Pink Spires' (Pink Spires Crabapple) is one of my favorites where space is limited, because it is upright in form and only has a 12' spread. It can even be used in boulevards for this very reason. It ultimately attains a height of 20', has profuse pink flowers , Fountains: A Garden's Best Friend and small, dark red fruit. , Seeding a Lawn The foliage is reddish in the spring, , How to Build Your Own Backyard Bat Cave becoming green , The Advantages of Silk Flowers to bronze during the summer. , Growing Tomatoes A Hobby for Everyone This crab has great hardiness, being rated for zones 2-7.

6. Malus 'Profusion' (Profusion Crabapple) becomes a 20' high tree , Spring Planting Tips with a 25' spread at maturity. It exhibits bronze foliage in the spring, , Planting Tips becoming more green , Shrub Roses and Climbing Roses over time. The flowers , Creativity with Ponds are reddish with a pink , The Most Popular Flower Fragrances center and the fruit , Landscaping Tips: What is the Proper Mulch to Use for Trees is a deep red. It has shown good disease , Back Yard Landscaping resistance and is rated for zones 4-7.

7. Malus 'Red Jade' (Red Jade Crabapple) is my favorite of all the crabs. It reaches a maximum height of 10' with a spread of 12', has a distinctive weeping form and extremely interesting branching habit. Although a zone 4-7 tree, , Choosing The Appropriate For Your Garden I have one that is doing famously here in the northern reaches of zone 3. With a little protection from the winter , Tips For Cleaning Your Patio winds and rabbits, it has been a real success story for us. In addition to its branching characteristics it exhibits white , Maintaining Water Quality in a Garden Pond to pale pink flowers , Hammock Chairs - Relax in Style and nice green summer , Feed the Birds foliage. As I now look out my window , Creativity with Ponds on this mid-January morning, I observe the small red fruit , Tips For Cleaning Your Patio contrasting with the fresh snow. , Specialty Trees - A Beginner's Guide This crab really makes a statement along the edge of an ornamental pond , Daylily "Red Hot Returns" or waterway or in a secluded courtyard.

8. Malus 'Red Splendor' (Red Splendor Crabapple) has an upright spreading form with a height and spread both of 20'. It is adorned with single pink flowers, , Ladybugs, Ladybugs, Come to My Garden small red fruit , Choosing The Appropriate Tree For Your Garden persisting through the winter , Spring Planting Tips and foliage that turns reddish purple in the fall. , Wood Fences: Installing Wood Fences for the Homeowner A zone 3-7 tree, , US Flag History it has shown excellent disease , Create Your Own Special Herb Garden resistance.

9. Malus 'Royal Gem' (Royal Gem Crabapple) has a very small and compact form with a height and width both being 5' - 8'. This zone 3-7 variety has red flowers, , The String Algae Blues yellow fall , Specialty Trees - A Beginner's Guide color and great disease , Gardening - Growing Tasty Tomatoes resistance. Because of its small stature it makes a great accent or specimen plant. , Fuchsia procumbens

10. Malus 'Royalty' (Royalty Crabapple) displays a height and spread each of 20' and an upright rounded form. Its flowers , Patio Awnings Add Space to Your Living Area are dark red, the fruit , To Make Your Own Garden in a Pot deep red and up to ¾" and it has glossy red to purplish foliage all summer. , Taking Care of Your Bonsai This zone 3-7 tree , Patio Design Expanding Your Home Outdoors is very hardy and also blight resistant.

11. Malus sargentii (Sargent Crab) is a very small spreading crabapple with dark green , The Advantages of Silk Flowers foliage, fragrant ¾" flowers , Man Made Puddle with red buds , Ladybugs, Ladybugs, Come to My Garden opening to white. , Back Yard Landscaping The small red fruits , Create Your Own Special Herb Garden hold on until the birds , Patio Design Expanding Your Home Outdoors get them. It achieves a height of up to 8' and a spread of 15' or more. A zone 4-7 plant , Sunflowers it is one of the very best specimen crabapples available.

12. Malus 'Snowdrift' (Snowdrift Crabapple) is one extremely hardy hombre that will brighten any yard. , Spring Planting Tips It has been a favorite of mine for many years, displaying pink buds , Secrets To Beautiful Shade Gardens opening to masses of white flowers, , Tips For Cleaning Your Patio has glossy green summer , Patio Awnings Add Space to Your Living Area foliage and small orange to red fruit , How to Build Your Own Backyard Bat Cave which holds well into the winter. , Choosing The Appropriate Tree For Your Garden Its zone 3-7 hardiness makes it very useful in the north country.

13. Malus 'Spring Snow' (Spring Snow , The Advantages of Silk Flowers Crabapple) is an unusual variety in that it does not fruit. , Fragrant Fine Art: Give your Garden a Design That's All Your Own It attains a mature height of 20' with a spread of 15', is somewhat upright in form, has pink buds , Spring Planting Tips opening to white flowers , Organic or Chemical Feeding of Plants - What's Best and has glossy green summer , Step by Step 'Leaf' Stepping Stones foliage. Although a zone 4-7 tree, , Spring Planting Tips I have used it with good results in zone 3. It displays good heat , Landscaping Design - The Primary Principles tolerance as well as disease , Fountains: A Garden's Best Friend resistance.

While there are many other nice crabapples to select from, this is a pretty good list to start with. Grace your yard , Wood Fences: Installing Wood Fences for the Homeowner in the spring , Watering and Tending to Your Bamboo Plant Correctly with those beautiful , Secrets To Shade Gardens blooms, in the summer , Secrets To Beautiful Shade Gardens with the developing fruit , Fountains: A Garden's Best Friend and lovely foliage, in the fall , The String Algae Blues with the changing colors , Back Yard Landscaping and mature fruit, , Step by Step 'Leaf' Stepping Stones and winter , Home for a Gnome? brings a wonderful view of the branching structure, the persistent fruit , Spring Planting Tips and if you are lucky a visit by the Bohemian or Cedar Waxwings. If you don't already have a flowering , Secrets To Beautiful Shade Gardens crabapple, by all means bring home , Tips For Cleaning Your Patio one of these orphans from your local garden , Fragrant Fine Art: Give your a Design That's All Your Own center. You will be glad you did.
William Henry is a co-owner of Gizmo Creations LLC, a landscape , Hammock Chairs - Relax in Style and website design , How to Plant Shrubs company, located in the Brainerd Minnesota Lakes Area. Henry is a licensed landscape , Back Yard Landscaping architect and has over 20 years of landscape , To Make Your Own Garden in a Pot design experience. For more articles on landscape , The Advantages of Silk Flowers design and a forum where you can post your questions on landscape , Buying a Lawn Mower design and plants , Tips For Cleaning Your Patio go to Gizmo's website at http://www.gizmocreations.com

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