Selecting a Crabapple Tree

Crabapples make wonderful spring-blooming trees in the home landscape. When selecting a crabapple, consider not only flower color, but also foliage and fruit color, size, and disease resistance.

Fill your house with the blooms of spring - Quad City Times

A: Select branches containing round, plump buds. (Narrow, pointed buds are usually leaf buds. Flower buds are generally larger and have a more rounded shape.) Make clean, slanting cuts 1 to 2 feet from the tips of branches with a sharp pruning shears. Selectively remove branches that won’t harm the appearance or shape of the plant.

A: The time period required to force branches into...

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  1. Malus (/ ˈ m eɪ l ə s / or / ˈ m æ l ə s /) is a genus of about 30–55 species of small deciduous trees or shrubs in the family Rosaceae, including the domesticated orchard apple (M. pumila syn. M. domestica) – also known as the eating apple, cooking apple, or culinary apple.The other species are generally known as crabapples, crab apples, or wild apples.. The genus is native to the ...
  2. Red flower buds on Prairifire crabapple tree open to deep pink blooms. (Alternate spellings such as Prairiefire and Prairie Fire are common.) The tree has persistent purplish-red fruits that are 3/8 to 1/2 inch in diameter. Leaves emerge purplish, mature to bronzy green, and develop a yellow-orange glow in autumn.
  3. As autumn arrives crabapple foliage and fruit transform to match the vibrant colors of an artist's palette. Falling leaves reveal the glorious color of the fruit. The snow of winter accents fruit, branches, and tree shape. It is no wonder crabapples are called "jewels of the landscape." Flowers
  4. Growing crabapple trees in the landscape is commonplace for many homeowners, but if you haven’t yet tried it, you may be asking, “How do you grow crabapple trees?” Continue reading to find out how to plant a crabapple tree as well as how to care for a crabapple tree in the landscape. Flowering Crabapple Trees
  5. 3. Crab apple trees pollinate other apple varieties. Apple trees require a pollinator of another compatible apple variety to set fruit. Pollen from a crabapple tree will pollinate most apple trees provided that they blossom at the same time. Crab apples are so effective at pollinating other apple varieties that old time orchardists would take branches of crab apples in bloom and put them in a ...
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