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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 tree by mid-winter. The leaves are oval and emerge reddish amid the flowers and become green with bronze hues by summer. The fall foliage is a mottled mosaic of yellow and orange.
Plant 'Kelsey' in full sun in any moderately fertile, deep, well-drained soil that is moist throughout the growing season. Like most crabapples, it tolerates some drought, but needs watering during prolonged dry spells or its leaves wither and drop. It is not well-suited to long, humid, wet summers or the aridity of low deserts. An extended cold period is needed each winter to ensure production of flowers in the spring. Plant ‘Kelsey’ in an open space to feature its eye-catching display of pink flowers and red leaves.
7 - 1
2 - 7
A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21
15'-18' / 4.6m - 5.5m
Acidic, Neutral, Alkaline
Clay, Loam, Sand
Spring, Fall, Winter
Edible, Feature Plant, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Shade Trees
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