Types of crab apple trees. Crabapple varieties under 20 feet.
Choose the siberian crab apple tree.
Crab apple variety. The ornamental fruit of a crabapple puts on a show during the fall and winter. The leaves are alternate on the twig with a single leaf budding from each node and another single leaf growing on the other side of the twig at the next node. Fruits vary from less than ¼ to 2 in diameter.
The genus is native to the temperate zone of the northern hemisphere. The best crabapple selections have small fruit less than one half inch with bright attractive colors red orange and yellow. All crabapple trees have deciduous leaves meaning the leaves will come off the tree in the fall months.
Select the japanese flowering crab apple tree if located in zones 4 to 8. Plant a tea crab apple tree in walkways or near sidewalks in the landscape. This one is better as an ornamental tree as the fruit doesnt do so well in jams or jellies.
Japanese flowering crab apple. Pink spires flowering crab grows a bit narrower than other trees to about 15 feet. Many crabapple varieties are hardy drought tolerant disease resistant adaptable to various soil types and grow to a mature height of less than 20 feet suitable for small spaces.
Crab apple camzam malus camzam camelot is a dwarf variety of crab apple tree that has a rounded form and good disease resistance. Malus is a genus of about 3055 species of small deciduous trees or shrubs in the family rosaceae including the domesticated orchard apple also known as the eating apple cooking apple or culinary apple. All our eating apples are varieties of malus domestica which itself contains genes of both the european crab apple malus sylvestris and a crab apple from central asia malus sieversii.
This hybrid has good resistance to fire blight cedar apple rust and powdery mildew. Named for a purdue university plant physiologist ralph shay crabapple is a cross between the commercial apple variety wolf river and malus x zumi calocarpa commonly called redbud crabapple. The other species are commonly known as crabapples crab apples crabtrees or wild apples.
Varieties of crabapple trees siberian crab apple. Pollen from a crabapple tree will pollinate most apple trees provided that they blossom at the same time. By definition malus trees with fruit larger than 2 are not crabapples but apples.
Crab apple trees pollinate other apple varieties apple trees require a pollinator of another compatible apple variety to set fruit. That leaves us with about fifty other species of apples from all across the northern hemisphere including japan china and north america. It attracts birds with its flowers and shows off several colors in the fall including bronze green red and yellow.
Crabapple trees are valued for their spectacular spring blooms tree form ornamental fruit and colorful autumn foliage. It grows 8 to 10 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide and produces 1 12inch wide spring blooming fragrant white flowers that have a pink tinge surrounding each petal.