Spring Garden Tips

Crabapple

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Botanical Name

Malus species

Hardiness

Zones 4 to 7

Height

10 to 30 feet

Width

Variable with species and cultivar

Flowers

Spring: white, pinks, reds, purplish-red; fragrant

Fruit

Less than 2" pome; yellow, orange-red, red, purple-red

Fall Color

Yellow

Light

Full sun (best)

Soil

Adaptable

Planting and Care

Plant only disease resistant cultivars

Prune suckers

Flowers are edible and have a floral or sour taste.

Problems

Fireblight, scab, rust

Varieties to Consider

Firebird - 8x8', excellent disease resistance, white flowers

Louisa - 15x15', umbrella shaped weeping form, pink flowers, highly disease resistant, yellow fruit with red blush

Purple Prince - 20x20', excellent disease resistance, rose-red flowers, purple-blue fruit, foliage emerges purple and matures to green

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