Malus angustifolia, also known as southern crabapple and the wild crabapple, is native to the United States. It, like all apples, is a member of the Rosaceae, or rose, family.
Crabapples are a shrubby tree.
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Crabapples are a compact tree, around 25 to 30 feet tall. It has spreading branches and a round crown. It will flower in March, April and May and bloom in pink. Fruits are apples.
Prone to many diseases, the crabapple needs to be checked for apple scab, canker, fire blight, scale and cedar apple rust. Insects that infest trees are eastern tent caterpillars, insect borers and aphids.
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