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Flowering Crabapple Tree
The Flowering Crab apple has a name not worthy of its beauty. This tree comes in many forms and guises, a kaleidoscope of colors that will have you musing over choice for many hours. Sit back, pour that glass of Chardonnay or crack open that bottle of Olde English Indian Pale Ale and start thinking what you would like to feast your eyes on in the spring while swinging in a hammock, my vision is a Crab apple!
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Five blossoms will radiate throughout the tree in spring before the lush green leaves begin to appear. A small tree (check variety) can be anywhere from 15 feet to 30 feet. Some varieties can get close to an eye catching 50 feet.
This tree was vulnerable to insect infestation and disease but over the years the tree farms and nurseries have grown this tree to withstand such attacks.
Although the flower crabapple is disease/insect resistant, some cultivars are not. By researching the different characteristics of each cultivar and knowing that disease/insect resistance doesn’t mean disease/insect proof. You can can find the right cultivar for you
Flowering Crabapple Plant Basics
Common Names: Flowering Crabapple
Scientific Name: Malus sp.
Disease : Apple Scab, Frog-eye Leaf Spot, Fireblight
Insects/Pests: leafhoppers, leaf-rollers, leaf miners, caterpillars,and Japanese beetles
Growth Rate: 2′ Per Year
Evergreen or Deciduous: Deciduous
Water needs: During droughts water thoroughly and deeply every two or three weeks
Height Mature: 15′ – 30′
Width Mature: 15′ – 25′