(Adirondack Crabapple, Hall's Crabapple)
Delicate and pretty with pink flowers and emerging reddish leaves in mid-spring, Hall crabapple is well-known for it use in traditional bonsai specimens. This small deciduous tree that will produce thickets is native to streambanks in southeastern China, although some authorities feel this ornamental was originally found only in Japan. The bark is smooth and gray and youngest branch twigs are violet-tinted.
In mid-spring the branches fill with newly emerging leaves that are briefly purple and...
(Chinese Crabapple, Tea Crabapple)
Having a picturesque shape with angled branches radiating out from a short trunk, tea crabapple is renowned for its pink buds and white springtime flowers. A small deciduous tree with a slightly open, spreading form, it is native to China. The stiff-looking branches are usually lined with short spur branches that act like thorns, notable when a branch is walked into or grasped.
The leaves emerge lightly reddish bronze in spring, at the same time the deep pink flower buds are beginning to open....
(Iowa Crabapple, Prairie Crabapple)
An upright-branching but broad deciduous tree with pink springtime flowers, prairie crabapple is native to the central United States. The leaves are green with fuzzy, whitened undersides and shaped like a reversed tear-drop with small jagged teeth. In spring, before leaves emerge, pale pink buds are found on the twigs, opening to fragrant, white, five-petaled flowers that will be pollinated by honeybees. The fruits that ensue are small and mature to a greasy-skinned, yellow-green. The flesh is sour...
(Iowa Crabapple, Klehm's Improved Bechtel Crabapple, Prairie Crabapple)
A wide-branching deciduous tree that blooms in spring, ‘Klehm's Improved Bechtel’ is a selection of prairie crabapple, native to the central United States. The leaves, shaped like a reversed tear drop, are green with fuzzy, whitened undersides and small jagged teeth. In spring, before the leaves emerge, pale pink buds appear on the twigs, opening to fragrant, double (extra petals), white flowers that attract bees. The fruits that follow are small, greasy-skinned, and mature to yellow-green. Their...
Extremely cold hardy and floriferous, Manchurian crabapple also yields an abundance of bi-colored fruits that are great for jam. A large, upright deciduous tree native to eastern Russian and northern China, its green leaves are long ovals. In early spring, small clusters of pale pink flower buds appear with the new leaves. The flowers that follow have large white petals, are fragrant, and produce pollen copiously. The fruits mature yellow and pink-red at the size of ping-pong balls. Usually the fruits...
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Delicate with white flowers in mid-spring, Sikkim crabapple is well-known for having spurs on its gray branches. This small deciduous tree is native to the open highland forests of the Himalayas: southwestern China, Nepal and northeastern India. It is now rare in its native range because of extensive deforestation. The bark is smooth and gray and branches are often covered in stout spurs (pointed branched twigs) that help give the tree an overall gnarled appearance.
Depending on climate (or elevation),...
An elegant tree with a spreading form, the cutleaf crabapple displays pink flowerbuds followed by white blossoms and tiny yellow fruits. Native to northwestern China, it is deciduous and has unique oblong to deeply three-lobed, bright green leaves. Alongside the young foliage in late spring, pink flowerbuds open to reveal fragrant white blossoms that will be visited by beeds. By late summer many small, pea-sized yellow fruits dangle from slender red stems from the branches. They are edible and enjoyed...