The compact, rounded shape of the Tina crabapple makes it a perfect choice for small yards and limited spaces. Although the tree will be no more than five in early spring, it will have glossy green foliage all summer long and bright red crabapples in autumn. If the Tina crabapple tree is in a container or wrapped in burlap, plant it between the last spring frost and the first autumn frost. Bare root crabapple trees are more particular and should only be planted in spring.
Choose a sunny spot to plant the Tina crabapple tree. Although the tree can tolerate light shade, full sun will bring out the best flowers and fruit. Too much shade can invite disease and mildew.
Dig a hole for the Tina crabapple tree. If the tree is burlapped or in a container, the hole should be just deep enough to accommodate the root ball, but at least twice as wide. If the tree has bare roots, dig it deep and wide enough to spread the roots without bending or twisting them.
Remove the Tina crabapple tree carefully from its container, loosen the roots slightly with your fingers and plant the tree in the hole. If the roots are burlapped, remove any string or wire, fold the burlap down by at least a third from the top, and then plant the tree. If the tree is bare-root, spread the roots out evenly before planting.
Hold the tree trunk straight while you back-fill the hole using a mixture of half reserved soil and half organic material such as compost or peat moss. When the hole is half full, fill the hole with water and allow it to drain, then finish filling the hole with the soil mixture.
Spread a 1- to 2-inch layer of mulch around the base of the tree. Mulch will retain moisture and help to keep weeds down. Don't allow grass or weeds to grow too near the crabapple tree because they will draw away nutrients and moisture.
Make sure the Tina crabapple tree gets about an inch of moisture per year for its first year. One deep watering per week is adequate unless the weather is hot and dry.