Flowering Crabapple Varieties
To see a crabapple in bloom in the spring is an unforgettable sight. Flowering crabapples provide spectacular bloom, pleasing foliage in a range of colors from red to green, and a show of fruit often retained into winter. Besides being a tree for all seasons, its wide range of forms and size makes it a tree for all landscapes.
Crabapples are adaptable to a variety of soil conditions but seem to do best in well drained soil. For best development of flowers and fruit they should be planted in full sun. Crabapples planted in shady sites tend to develop an open shape and are more susceptible to disease.
Susceptibility and resistance to disease is one of the most important considerations when selecting a crabapple variety. The most common diseases of flowering crabapples are apple scab and cedar apple rust. Numerous newer cultivars have been introduced and have improved resistance to these diseases. When purchasing a tree always inquire about its disease resistance.
Look for these varieties as well as others at the local garden center.
For complete information on flowering crabapples contact the Kansas State Extension for a copy of the fact sheet on crabapples. Enjoy, they are a truly great addition to the landscape.