Crabapples are closely related to apple trees but produce smaller, still edible, fruit. Crabapples also may have different leaf color, growth habit, flowering time and flower color; these characteristic are species specific. Once established, these spring blooming small to medium trees are fairly drought tolerant. Crabapples are considered low maintenance and versatile plants for the landscape. In addition to the spring blooms, which may be white, pink or red hued, small, edible fruit may be present in the winter, attracting birds. Bloom season is species and variety specific and may be early spring to late spring. Prune to shape after blooming. When planted in shady locations, blooms will be reduced. Crabapples do best planted in landscape beds; when planted in lawn areas, the extra water and fertilization may cause issues.
- Sun to Part Sun
- Mature size, growth habit, foliage color and bloom color is species specific
- Plant in moist, well-drained soil
- Attracts birds