The crab apple tree species is well known for its varieties. With over 35 specific species of crab apple trees plus countless cultivated varieties, the crab apple tree is a beautiful addition to any landscape. Crab apple trees require little maintenance, provide white, pink or red flowers in the early spring and are excellent for pollination of trees and plants surrounding them.
Siberian Crab Apple
Choose the Siberian crab apple tree ( Malus baccata) if a large crab apple tree is desired. The Siberian crab apple tree can reach up to 50 feet tall. This variety is hardy in zones 3 through 7 and produces small, glossy red fruit that adds an additional beauty to this majestic tree. In the spring the flower buds are a dark pink; as the season progresses the flower ends with a snowy white bloom. Siberian crab apple trees should not be planted near cedar trees, juniper shrubs or cotoneaster plants for optimum performance.
Japanese Flowering Crab Apple
Select the Japanese Flowering crab apple tree if located in zones 4 to 8, according to the US Department of Agriculture hardiness zone map. The Japanese Flowering crab apple grows to 20 feet high and 30 feet wide at maturity. The flowers bud at a deep red color, turning reddish pink, then eventually turning completely white at the end of the two week flowering period. The Japanese Flowering crab apple tree provides 1/3-inch apples that attract birds and squirrels in the late summer. The Japanese Flowering crab apple tree is the most commonly used variety to create hybrid crab apple trees.
Tea Crab Apple
Plant a Tea crab apple tree in walkways or near sidewalks in the landscape. The shape of this variety makes it easy to walk under while it adds beauty to the landscape. The Tea crap apple tree will reach 20 feet or more. The flower buds are typical of a crab apple tree, beginning deep pink in color and eventually turning white with a delicate sweet scent. The apples are 1/2" in diameter and excellent for feeding birds and squirrels.