Types of Flowering Crabapple Trees: Prairie Fire and More


Types of Flowering Crabapple Trees: Prairie Fire and More

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Flowering Crabapple Trees for Sale

Our customers rave about the beauty and ease of care of their flowering Crabapple trees. If you love color, this extraordinarily hardy small tree is for you. You’ll find a range of flowering crabapple trees for sale right here at Nature Hills Nursery.


We offer an extensive online catalog, filled with a myriad of options for flower color, form and fall color. Choose a hardy, disease-resistant cultivar that adds just the pop your yard has been waiting for.

You have colorful clouds of white, pale pink, coral, bold carmine, fuchsia, or rich scarlet to select from. Choose from charming single blooms or lavish double blooms that can last for weeks in nice weather.

Crabapple leaves appear after the trees start blooming in early spring. Beautiful flower buds look like pretty little jewels along each branch.

Some varieties do a neat color change, like upright Adirondack Crabapple trees. This superior cultivar has ruby-red buds, which unfurl to reveal white blooms streaked with pale pink.

The clustered blooms make a show of fully covering every branch. This desirable trait is what makes Flowering Crabapple trees so special.

Blooms are up to 2 inches across, and they can feature a single circlet of petals. Or, the blooms may be ornately semi-double or even fully double — with an extra set of overlapping petals.

Crabapple Tree Fruit is Edible, Beautiful


While the flowering crab tree is a beauty to behold for its flowers, you'll also want to consider the color of the fruit. Enjoy a spectrum of colors from harvest orange, fire-engine red and maroon purple to the golden-yellow tones of the Louisa Crabapple tree.

The red-orange fruit of the Indian Magic crabapple tree looks amazing next to the orange fall foliage. Brilliant bright red fruit make Sugar Tyme Crabapple tree a lovely addition to your late summer landscape. While the crab apples from the trees are edible, they are a bit tart to eat raw. That doesn’t mean they don’t have uses.

Crab Apples for Jelly, Songbirds and Winter Interest

Dolgo Crabapple trees have a long bloom period, which makes them superior pollinators to boost the production of your home apple tree orchard. Use the trees’ edible, pectin-rich fruit to thicken your preserves, jams and jellies, too.

Birds adore the dark purple fruit of Profusion Crabapple trees, so it won't last long. This highly pigmented, red-flowering selection offers dynamic foliage all season, too.

For a more persistent fruit display, select the Red Jewel Crabapple tree. You'll be thrilled by seven months of bright red fruit through much of the fall and winter.

Different Shapes of Crabapple Trees for Sale

All trees grow in a natural form. Wide open areas call out for spreading branches, while tight spots need narrow columnar trees like Pink Spires Crabapple trees.

Purple Prince Crabapple trees offer a perfectly poised canopy of dark purple foliage. Classic Donald Wyman Crabapple trees feature a marvelously rounded form, fragrant white blooms and bright red fruit.

For small yards, we have a variety of dwarf crabapple trees for sale. Try the exceptional Sargent Crabapple tree. This natural dwarf crabapple tree grows into a spreading, architectural accent with marvelous attributes.

Compact Royal Raindrops Crabapple trees can be grown under utility wires. Beautify your neighborhood with their magenta-pink flowers, purple leaves and fruit, and gorgeous orange-red fall color.

Tina Sargent is a petite choice that can be kept in oversized garden containers. Decorate your patio, roof garden or courtyard with their darling white flowers.

Are Flowering Crabapple Trees Messy?

Not all flowering crabapple trees are messy. For a tree without fruit, try nearly sterile Spring Snow Crabapple trees near pavement, patios and in formal courtyards. Breathe in the scent of their fragrant single blooms.

Other varieties like Snowdrift Crabapple trees, hold their fruit for a long time in winter. Hungry birds will eat this persistent fruit late in the winter season, cleaning them up for you.

Grow your flowering crabapple tree in mulched garden beds for the lowest maintenance. You'll not have a moment's worry about fallen flowers or fruit.

In any case, the benefits of flowering crabapple trees more than outweigh any minor mess. Besides, these showy wildlife trees provide plenty of nectar for bees and butterflies.

Prairie Fire Crabapple Trees: Healthy and Easy-Care

Plant breeders have also improved the performance of today's varieties. Already a very cold-hardy ornamental tree, the crabapple tree is now even tougher against common pests and diseases.

Prairie Fire Crabapple trees do a great job resisting scab, rust and powdery mildew. The Prairie Fire crabapple is also stunning with purple leaves that turn orange in fall.

Flowering Crabapple trees are easy to grow and are very rewarding, even for a beginner gardener. They prefer full sun, and thrive in a wide range of soils and locations.

Need more help deciding which Crabapple varieties to choose? Contact your local Ag Extension office for advice on Crabapple trees that thrive in your area >>

How to Feature Flowering Crabapple Trees

These outstanding ornamental trees make a great choice for an accent tree. Use your favorite in a front yard lawn planting where you'll see it from your picture window.

Run a series of them along your driveway or back fence. You'll be pleased at the way their lush, dark green foliage boosts your privacy.

Of course, a Flowering Crabapple tree makes a noteworthy anchor tree in a patio planting bed. But they also work well as a backdrop for a perennial butterfly garden.

On larger properties, try grouping crabapple trees to create a natural, park-like setting. Vary the spacing and follow the contours of your land for the most effective display.

Use them on the sunny side of larger evergreen trees. They'll add color and character to windbreaks, as well.

Tips for Flowering Crabapple Trees

First, if you see your preferred variety of crabapple tree in stock at Nature Hills Nursery, order it right away. We sell out of these fetching trees every year.

We'll ship it out when the time is right for planting in your area. Track your boxes directly to your doorstep, open them up and water them well.

Dig your hole twice as wide as the roots, but no deeper. Please keep them at the same level they were growing in the pot or at the plant nursery.

Scored a bare root tree from us? Read How to Plant Bare Root Trees >>

Add Nature Hills Root Booster to the planting hole, following directions on the label. This symbiotic formula supports your tree's tiny feeder roots and never wears out.

Pat the backfill soil back into place and press down. Soak the area with water to eliminate air pockets at the root level.

Keep your new tree hydrated the first year. What's the Right Way to Water Your New Plants? >>

Flowering Crabapple trees do wind up becoming tolerant to periodic drought once their roots are well established in your soil. However, we recommend providing a consistent schedule of supplemental water for the best results.

These exquisite trees are too pretty to ignore for long, aren't they? As one of most popular landscape trees, our flowering crabapple trees for sale don’t stay in stock very lock. Please order yours right away or risk disappointment. Place your order today.

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