FLOWERING CRAB APPLE(Malus sp.)
*Most information on this page is very brief due to the fact that species of flowering crab apples were not in bloom at the time we did the inventory and therefore unable to identify.
1. Lemoine Purple Crab Apple
Katherine Crab Apple
Deciduous broadleaf. Flowers:
- Single flowers.
- Spring flowers vary in colour: white to pink or purplish.
- Abundant clusters.
- Flowers precede green summer foliage.
- Some species bloom only in alternate years.
Fruit size and color varies. Yellow, orange or red to purple. 2 inches or smaller. Height:
15 to 25 feet. Diameter:
- 0.3 - 0.6 metres.
Species Requirements Distribution Range:
Zone: 4 to 8Preferred Light:
Partial shade to full sun. Plant in full sun for best development. Soil:
Can grow in sandy, loam, or clay soil types. pH Range: 5.0 to 6.5 Plant in well-drained, moist, acid soil.
Care Pests & Diseases:
Apple scab. Cedar apple rust. Fire blight. Powdery mildew. Cankers. Chewing and scale insects. Borers. Mice.
Prone to disease.
Excellent tree for attracting wildlife, mainly birds. Urban Uses:
- Crab apples are among the showiest flowering trees.
- They also have attractive or persistent fruits.
- Attract birds.
Transplants readily. Crabapples are high maintenance plants, so disease resistant varieties should be used. Diseases and insects can be controlled or prevented using a spray program (Non-pesticides).
Pruning should be done before mid-June. Mulch around trees reduces damage.