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Crabapple (Flowering or ornamental)

Characteristics

Height and Spread Flowering crabapples can grow between 3 and 7.6 metres, reaching a crown width between 4.6 and 7.6 meters.

Hardiness Zone 3

Preferred growing conditions Grows best in well drained, moist soil in full sun. Some hybrids are more drought tolerant than others.

Form Flowering crabapples may be tall and loosely upright or can be oval or pendulous in shape when mature.

Flower/seeds Spring flowers may be white, pink, rose or red flowers that are attached to the branch.

Leaf Simple oval or elliptical shaped leaves that dark green or olive-green in colour with a lighter shade of green underneath.

Bark/wood Bark varies between grey-brown or reddish brown.

Fruit Red, yellowish, or green fleshy fruit, that is less than 5 centimetres in diameter when measured. Commonly used for jellies, jams and juices.

Pruning Prune to keep shape and remove damaged limbs. Sterilize pruning saws and shears with methanol (gasline anti-freeze) between cuts and between trees.

Problems (Disease/Insects)

Fireblight, apple scab, black rot, cankerworms, fall webworm, apple maggot