Give Now

Flowering Crabapples

Flowering crabapples come in over 25 hardy species of relatively small deciduous trees and are native to Northern temperate regions of the world.

a branch of flowering crabapple.

Photo: PaulS

Crabapple flowers are similar to cherry blossoms. Both are followed by en edible fruit.

The genus Malus has over 25 hardy species of relatively small deciduous trees known as flowering crabapples. They are native to Northern temperate regions of the world and are widely grown as ornamentals in gardens and parks. Their flowers are similar to cherry blossoms and are profuse in the spring and followed by small edible fruit.

The Prairie Crabapple grows wild from Indiana to Wisconsin, south to Oklahoma and Arkansas, with semi double pink flowers that fade to white on low bushy trees. A charming variety of the Sweet Crabapple is ‘Charlottae’, which has double violet scented flowers.

Some of our most popular crabs have been imported from Japan. ‘Pillar Apple’ is one Japanese import with a slender shape that is hardy in zones 4-8. It grows well in impoverished soils and is a good urban tree as it sets little fruit. Naturally the birds don’t appreciate it as much as the humans who dislike raking. “Pillar Crab’ also has lovely fall leaf color, purple brown bark and white flowers tinged with pink.

But there are so many different varieties now that can be purchased at garden centers. Ask about disease resistant ones for your area, as some of the older varieties are susceptible to diseases like ‘Apple Scab’. Plant Crabapple trees in full sun for maximum bloom and you will be amply rewarded.

Moya Andrews

, originally from Queensland, Australia, served as Vice Chancellor for Academic Affairs and Dean of the Faculties at Indiana University until 2004. In the same year, Moya began hosting Focus on Flowers for WFIU. In addition, Moya does interviews for Profiles, is a member of the Bloomington Hospital Board, and authored Perennials Short and Tall from Indiana University Press.

View all posts by this author »

Stay Connected

What is RSS? RSS makes it possible to subscribe to a website's updates instead of visiting it by delivering new posts to your RSS reader automatically. Choose to receive some or all of the updates from Focus on Flowers:

Support For Indiana Public Media Comes From

About Focus on Flowers

About The Host

Search Focus on Flowers

Focus on Flowers on Flickr