Crabapple Trees

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Crabapple Trees For Sale At Nature Hills Nursery!

Crabapples Trees are among a select group of Apple tree relatives and ornamental flowering trees that provide four-season pleasure to the eye!

Crabapples are also known as Wild Apples, Crab trees, Crabs, and Schoolboy Apples! There are over 35 species and about 700 varieties of Crabapples. Botanically they belong to the genus Malus along with all other Apples!

Historically, they have been traced back to the mountains of Kazakhstan, and the United States is home to about three native species that are mixed in with cuttings and seeds introduced by colonists from Europe.

Crabapples, for the most part, are edible! The name Crab may allude to the taste of Crabapples as they are bitter-tasting and sour, and often have a pithy flavor and texture.

All Crabapples are extremely beneficial to pollinators and overwintering/migrating songbirds!

In spring, your Crabapple is graced with beautiful flowers, and then summer brings attractive foliage! Followed by fall leaves that create a tapestry of colors before dropping and revealing the showy fruit! Winter snows show off the branch structure! Plus these unique fruiting trees can be dripping with colorful fruits that persist all autumn and winter!

Using Crabapples in the Home and Landscape!

The spring flowers are scented and a delight to see each April through May! Ranging from white to pink, they can further deepen to near reds, coral and salmon, and lavender tints too!

Lasting for weeks on the tree and even looking gorgeous in a vase, Crabapple flowers feed pollinators and even a few passing hummingbirds! These blooms also help pollinate your fruiting Apple trees to increase yield in the orchard!

Wildlife also thrives on Crabapple fruits! Robins and other songbirds swarm Crabapple fruits after several frosts and freezes soften them.

Crabapples were first used in America for making cider! Crabapples are excellent for juicing as the larger fruited apples. Crabapples contain high amounts of pecti which is the ingredient that helps firm up jellies, jams, and apple butter!

Crabapple trees come in many sizes and shapes and several flower colors. They are excellent for adding color and texture to yards and landscapes. Ranging from dwarf, to grandiose, columnar to round and shrubby, there is sure to be a Crabapple for your landscape needs!

  • The Dolgo Crabapple is a great edible pollinator 
  • Tasty Chestnut or Hyslop Edible Crab
  • Pretty April Showers™ Weeping Crabapple or Lollipop® Crabapple specimens
  • The Coralburst® has coral-pink spring blooms
  • You and your songbirds will love the shiny red fruit of the Pink Sparkles® Crabapple!

Great as small accent and ornamental trees, and lawn specimens, to large shade and focal points, Crabapples fill every niche you need for a double-duty landscape tree!

Enhance a street-side planting with a narrow-growing columnar or weeping Crabapple to add that boost of curb appeal near your home's entry!

Caring For Crabapple Trees

Crabapple trees are hardy, tough, and adaptable to many spoils and climates! Some are especially cold-hardy down to USDA growing zones 2 and 3, while others handle hot summers up to USDA growing zones 8 and 9!

Plant Crabapples in full sun for best flowering and fruiting, anything less than 6 hours a day will result in fewer flowers and fruit.

Plant in any well-drained soil with good organic matter. The suggested soil pH for Crabapples is 5.0 to 7.5. All trees appreciate a 3-4 inch thick layer of mulch over their entire root systems for insulation and moisture protection.

Water new trees using the Finger Test method regularly to help them get established. After their first year, Crabapples appreciate supplemental moisture while fruiting and during extended hot/dry summers and drought.

Buy Crabapple Trees today!

Get started growing your own double-duty ornamental tree in your landscape from Nature Hills today! Click the photos of our edible and ornamental flowering Crabapple trees to learn more, or call our plant experts at (402) 934-8116!