Flowering Crabapple | Beautiful Spring Flowers

Part of the You Can Learn Landscaping and Gardening series.
By Ken Brown
Editor, You Can Learn Series
Updated:
June 18, 2008

Are you looking for some color and fragrance in early spring? Then the Flowering Crabapple tree may be right for you. This tree makes an excellent specimen plant. You can get cultivars that produce small fruit that won't mess up your yard. Today's crabapple trees come with more disease resistance. This plant is cherished for the abundant flowers produced in spring time. They bloom about the same time as Rhododendrons.

Where can you place the crabapple tree? You can use it as a specimen plant, use them next to your home, or along borders. Many times you will see them in commercial settings around small buildings. If you place it next to your home, then be sure and give it room to grow or be willing to trim each year to keep it from rubbing against the house. Trim in spring immediately after the blooms have expired.

Flowering Crabapple Tree Produces Small Fruit

Now notice that the plant is named crabapple. This means the tree creates small little apples each year. As you look for a tree to purchase find out how big the fruit becomes. We have two flowering crabapples in our yard and the fruit is about the size of a large pea. They never become a problem. The trees provide shelter in winter for the birds. When food is scarce during the harsh northern Illinois winters, the birds welcome the little apples. There are some cultivars that produce large fruit ranging in color from red to yellow.

Today tree producers are working hard to produce crabapple trees that are disease resistant. Some of the diseases and pests to watch for include: apple scab, cedar-apple rust, flat headed apple borers, scales and aphids. Find out if you have a disease resistant variety, if not then you are going to want to spray in spring to reduce the effect disease might have on the plant.
Tree Full sun to Partial Sun
White Flowers to pink or rose flowers Fragrant and produce fruit
Flower in spring Height 6 to 25 Feet
Can trim to meet size of yard width 6 to 25 Feet


The Flowering Crabapple produces beautiful blooms in Spring.
The Flowering Crabapple bursts into color in the spring before most plants begin to green.
Flowering Crabapple Spring Time

    

Fall colors for the flowering crabapple.
This image shows the fall colors of a flowering crabapple tree.
Flowering Crabapple leaves turn brown in fall.

    
The Flowering Crabapple produces beautiful explosions of fragrant flowers each spring. The colors are many ranging from white to red with rose and pink within the varieties. There are disease resistant cultivars now available. Find a tree that has small fruit to prevent having to clean up your yard each year.

Eye Catching Display Makes Crabapple Tree a Great Specimen Plant

Make sure you plant the trees so they don't rub against your home and trim if necessary. If you are looking for an eye catching display each spring then these make wonderful specimen plants.

The plant goes through a wonderful transformation each year. During the summer green leaves give a lush look. Then in the fall the leaves turn orange to brown eventually falling to expose the tiny apples. The tree grows to give an interesting look in winter plus the apples provide food for birds during the winter. All this leads to spectacular flowers in spring.


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