Crabapples bloom in spring, usually in May, bearing flowers that vary a great deal in color, size, fragrance, and visual appeal. The tree is resistant to fire blight and powdery mildew. Professor Sprenger Malus 'Professor Sprenger': The ornamental fruit of a crabapple puts on a show during the fall and winter. It appears on the top 10 list of most disease-resistant crabapples and horticulture professor Michael Dirr's top 12 list. Though it is less common then the others, if left untreated it can be fatal to susceptible crabapple cultivars.
Crabapple trees often succumb to the same pests and diseases that affect apple trees. They persist into fall but may drop when winter arrives, if birds haven't devoured them first. Views Read Edit View history. Crab apple trees are grown primarily for their ornamental value. Retrieved 6 June
Perhaps the best description of that special "crabbed" flavor comes from Henry David Thoreau's essay "Wild Apples": The flowers are borne in corymbs , and have five petals , which may be white, pink or red, and are perfect , with usually red stamens that produce copious pollen , and a half-inferior ovary ; flowering occurs in the spring after 50—80 growing degree days varying greatly according to subspecies and cultivar. And of course, ask your local nursery which cultivars perform well in your area and are available. To achieve the healthiest possible tree at maturity, extra care should be taken during the planting of your crabapple tree. The tree has an attractive speckled bark.
Blossoms are followed by bronze foliage that matures to green and turns yellow-orange in fall. Cultivars and their differences Adams Malus 'Adams': The ornamental fruit of a crabapple puts on a show during the fall and winter. In spring, the leaves unfold purplish red, but they turn solid green by summer. Indian Magic Malus 'Indian Magic': Weeping crabapples and dwarf varieties are the smallest, standing only 8 to 10 feet tall at maturity.