A popular ornamental choice, crabapple trees can bring beauty to landscapes with their dazzling flowers and colorful fruit.
Most mature crabapple trees grow between 15 and 25 feet tall. Shapes vary and include weeping, upright, spreading and rounded. The flowers typically have five petals and bloom in spring, opening into vibrant pink or white blossoms. The crabapple fruit, which grows in late summer and fall, is 2 inches or less in diameter and is purplish-red, bright red, or sometimes even green.
There are more than 35 species and 700 varieties of crabapple trees.
Crabapple trees do best in slightly acid, moist, well-drained soil. They should be planted in full, direct sunlight. Very little pruning is required beyond removing dead or diseased branches.
Crabapple trees are particularly susceptible to the diseases apple scab, leaf spot and fire blight.
Crabapple trees are found in the temperate zones of the Northern Hemisphere, including Asia, Europe and across North America.