How to Plant Flowering White Crab Apples


Flowering white crab apple trees are a wonderful addition to your yard and landscape. Not only do these crab apple trees have a beautiful spring bloom, but they also draw wildlife to your yard. This favorite tree of songbirds is low-maintenance and hardy. Additionally, you can find a variety of flowering white crab apple trees to plant in your yard, depending on the look you desire. Flowering white crab apple trees come as upright, rounded or weeping varieties, and they may have yellow, red or orange fruit depending on the species you choose.

Step 1

Keep the roots of your crab apple tree moist while you are waiting to plant it. Keep the roots in wet burlap or wet sawdust.

Step 2

Choose a spot in full sun with well-drained soil for your flowering white crab apple tree. Dig a hole twice as wide and twice as deep as the root ball.

Step 3

Pull loose the roots of a root-bound, container-grown tree, or use a utility knife to make four to six cuts, 1 inch deep, in the root ball. Back-fill the hole with the dirt you removed, placing the tree with its roots spread, at the same depth it was planted in the nursery or so the root ball is covered but not the trunk.

Step 4

Pack in the soil lightly around the roots. Mulch around the tree and water it enough to help the soil settle around the roots.

Things You'll Need

  • Burlap or sawdust
  • Shovel
  • Utility knife
  • Mulch
  • Water


  • Landscape America: Flowering Crabapple Tree
  • University of Kentucky College of Agriculture: The Flowering Crabapple
  • Colorado State University: Flowering Crabapple Trees

Who Can Help

  • Town of Greenville: Crabapple Tree Varieties
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