The Flowering Crabapples are popular trees known for their vivid colors when in bloom. This ornamental flowering tree, as the name implies, also produces fruit similar to apple trees. However, the flavor of the two-inch or smaller fruit tree is considered bitter to some, but regularly used to make jams and jellies. Flowering Crabapples come in various shades and shapes, but most commonly displays beautiful pink, white or red leaves when in bloom.
This is a great addition for residential homes as it comes in small and medium sizes that can easily be placed under power lines, in small backyards, or in large clusters when landscaping.. Some are even bred to be planted in containers. Most commonly, you will find varieties ranging from 8’ to 28’ in height.
Flowering Crabapples are known to blossom in April and May and usually lasts one to two weeks long. While quick, the flowering plants are even attractive before they open as they swell and color before full bloom. In some cases, the bud is even different colors from the actual flower. Even better, the show doesn’t end in the spring. Often, this flowering tree will show off yellow, orange, red, or even purple leaves as fall rolls around.
Care & Location
You should plant your flowering crabapple trees in full sun where nearby trees cannot spread excessive shade. While some shade is tolerated well, too much and the tree will produce less fruit and flowers, and produce a powdery mildew. One established, it is considered drought tolerance, requiring only 15 to 20 inches of water annually. It thrives best when planted in a mulch bed with either drip irrigation or hose watering. Note that pruning is required yearly before budding begins in June. Similarly, crabapple trees are subject to suckers at the base, which also require removal.