(Crabapple, David Crabapple, Flowering Crabapple)
Showy from spring to fall, Red Jewel crabapple covers itself in flowers and cherry-like fruits. It’s a small, hybrid, disease-resistant, deciduous tree that has a pyramid shape and upward-reaching branches. Among the family of crabapples it is exceptionally hardy. In mid-spring, flower buds arise all along the bare branches and open to white flowers that are fragrant. Bees pollinate the flowers, producing heavy crops of small, shiny, fruits that mature to a dark red by early autumn and persist on...
(Crabapple, Flowering Crabapple, Kelsey Crabapple)
Among the hardiest of crabapples, ‘Kelsey’ is a broad deciduous tree that covers itself with a cloud of flowers in spring followed by a heavy crop of small fruits that hang on the tree in a show of color all winter. In mid-spring the bare branches are covered in pink flower buds that open to fragrant, double (extra petals), rosy-pink blossoms that have occasional flushes of white. Bees pollinate the flowers, producing a crop of acorn-sized, purple-red apples. Birds eat the fruits and may strip the...
(Crabapple, Flowering Crabapple, Louisa Crabapple)
A gracefully weeping crabapple with glossy leaves, 'Louisa' fills its branches with rosy-pink flowers in spring and tiny golden orange fruits in fall. This hybrid, disease-resistant deciduous tree has a broad weeping habit and oval leaves that emerge just after the flower buds open in mid-spring; for a moment the bare branches are covered only with bloom. The flowers are fragrant and attractive to bees. The fruits are pea-sized, golden-orange apples and persist into winter unless birds strip the...
(Crabapple, Flowering Crabapple, Ralph Shay Crabapple)
A robust, rounded tree with stately horizontal branches, the ‘Ralph Shay’ crabapple produces white blossoms in springtime followed by bright red fruits in fall. This hybrid, disease-resistant deciduous tree has oval shaped green leaves that emerge just after the fuschia-pink flower buds open.to fragrant white flowers that attract bees. The flowers are followed by a crop of large, acorn-sized, bright red apples. In autumn, the leaves turn a mottled mosaic of green, gold and yellow. Birds eat the fruits,...
(Crabapple, Flowering Crabapple, Red Splendor Crabapple)
Named for its show of red fruits in fall, ‘Red Splendor’ crabapple also is splendid in spring, when it covers itself with rose-colored buds and light-pink blossoms. This hybrid, disease-resistant deciduous tree has a rounded shape with open branching. Its oval, medium green leaves emerge just after the flower buds open to fragrant flowers on bare branches in spring. The flowers attract bees and give way to a large crop of small, bright-red apples. In autumn, the leaves turn a mottled mosaic of green,...
(Jack's Siberian Crabapple, Siberian Crabapple)
Delicate and pretty with snowy white flowers in mid- to late spring, the Jack Siberian crabapple bears showy dark red-violet fruits by late summer persisting into midwinter. This medium-sized deciduous tree is native to the mixed forests of the Himalayas northward across China and Mongolia into eastern Siberia. The bark is smooth and gray-brown and small branchlets tend to curl downward.
In mid-spring the branches fill with copious amounts of pink-tinged white flower buds. The buds open to white,...
Scott Bauer, USDA/ARS
There is nothing more satisfying than growing your own apple trees. The domestic apple is most commonly a medium-sized tree with a rounded to oval canopy. It originates from southeastern Europe, Siberia, and southwestern Asia and has been in cultivation for thousands of years. In spring, these trees offer sweet, fragrant flowers of light pink, white or rose, and in fall reward us with crisp, juicy apples.
These fruits have a wide variety of colors, textures and flavors and may be eaten out-of-hand,...
(Apple, Baking Apple)
Introduced from Russia to England (and thence the United States) in the early nineteenth century, 'Alexander' is notable for its large fruits and its exceptional vigor and cold hardiness. The plump, conical, symmetrical fruits have thick greenish yellow or orange skin with red flushing and streaking. The grainy, cream-colored flesh of this cooking or dessert apple is crisp and juicy with mild flavor. The fruits do not keep well. The vigorous, spreading, rounded tree is relatively disease resistant,...