Shutterbugs have been known to stop and ask permission to take pictures of some of the larger flowering crabapples in people’s yards. One particularly large crabapple tree, that we trimmed several times over the years, was located in Upper St. Clair Township. It stood twice as wide as it did tall.
When that flowering crab burst forth with bumper to bumper spring blossoms, on a tree measuring 30-feet wide by 20-feet tall, it made quite the photo opportunity, enough so that passing motorists would stop to capture a photo.
While we don’t have a photo of that magnificent crabapple to share on this page, we do have photos of other Crabs which will stimulate your desire to plant a flowering crabapple in your yard!
‘Harvest Gold’ crabapple blossoms
Even though there are sterile forms of flowering crabapple, most varieties are also recognized for their bright colored fruits, which are considered a tasty treat by our small feathered friends during the winter months. In locations close to sidewalks it may still be desirable to plant a fruitless variety, in order to keep the sidewalks clean.
Crabs come in all shapes and sizes, from larger standard varieties to newly introduced cultivars recognized for their growth habit, flower or fruit. Crabapples are extremely hardy trees, but you still need to seek out varieties that are disease resistant and aren’t prone to common diseases such as apple scab.
The line between pink and white in crabapples can be blurred, since some varieties are red in the bud and open to a white flower.