Crabap­ple

Birds & Blooms - - Garden With A Purpose -

Malus species, Zones 3 to 9

This beau­ti­ful tree’s spring blooms are of­ten so ro­bust that they com­pletely hide the branches. Abun­dant flow­ers give way to leaves and then to fall and win­ter fruit. Shop for new va­ri­eties that are bred to re­sist com­mon crabap­ple dis­eases, such as pow­dery mildew, scab and fire blight. At­tracts:

Light needs: Full sun.

Size: 10 to 25 feet high and wide.

Grown for: Pro­lific early spring blooms and late-sea­son fruit.

Fo­liage: Green or bronze leaves that turn yel­low in fall.

Cul­ti­vars to try: Pro­fu­sion for vi­o­let-pink blooms and small red fruit, Prairiefire for red buds that open to dark pink blooms, or Adams for dull pink flow­ers

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