Culture: Sometimes called Wild Sweet Crabapple. A deciduous tree with a short trunk and a wide spreading head of grayish branches. Height 20 to 30 feet with a spread of 15 to 25 feet. The broad, flat leaves are oblong, 2 to 4 inches long and medium green in color. Flowering occurs April to May, the last crabapple to bloom. The pink buds open into a single, white tinged with rose flower. The blooms are very fragrant like a violet and measure 1 ½ to 2 inches in diameter. The fruit is approximately 1 inch in diameter; yellowish green and orange shaped. The fruit matures to a yellow-green color and falls from the tree from September through November.
The fruits are readily eaten by wildlife and remain edible through the winter and into early spring making them a valuable food source for these animals. Choose a site in full sun for best development of flowers and fruit. Quite adaptable to varying soil conditions. Prefers moist, well drained acidic soil. Requires little pruning, but if needed, complete before early June. A native tree that is urban tolerant. Well suited ornamental in the lawnscape, highway plantings, parks and public building areas. Few trees can compare to the outstanding beauty of this Crabapple when in full flower. Zones 4 to 7.
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