Every spring the ethereal, puffball-like blooms of the crabapple tree emerge. The colors of the blooms on the flowering crabapple include white, red and pink. In the fall the crabapple has small red, yellow or green fruits. Many crabapple trees have a rounded form with a spreading crown.
Tea crabapple (Malus hupehensis) is a deciduous tree with a moderate growth rate and medium texture. The tea crabapple features a vase-shaped form and arching branches. Growing 20 to 25 feet tall and wide, tea crabapple trees have fragrant white flowers that cover the tree every spring. Tea crabapple trees have red and yellow fruit in the fall. The leaves on the tea crabapple grow 2 to 4 inches long that turn a yellow and crimson color every fall. Tea crabapple trees require full sun to light shade and well-drained soil. Drought-tolerant, tea crabapple trees can withstand periods of low moisture. The USDA Hardiness Zones for planting are 4 to 8.
Spring Snow Crabapple
Spring snow crabapple (Malus x ‘Spring Snow’) is a variety of crabapple tree that grows 25 to 30 feet tall and 15 to 20 feet wide. The oval, upright form is dense with foliage that produces white flowers during the spring. The green, oval-shaped leaves grow 2 to 4 inches long and have a yellow tinge in the fall. The edges of the spring snow crabapple tree are serrated and cover the medium- to thick-shaped branches. Spring snow crabapple trees require full sun and well-drained soil. They can tolerate a wide range of soil types including clay, sandy and acidic soils. Drought-tolerant, spring snow crabapple is a hardy tree. The zones for planting are 3 to 8A.
Yunnan crabapple (Malus yunnanensis) is a deciduous variety of crabapple that has a moderate growth rate with white flowers that bloom in the spring. The oval-shaped leaves on the Yunnan crabapple tree turn a fiery orange to red color in the fall. Growing 20 to 40 feet tall, Yunnan crabapple trees have a rounded form. They require full sun and well-drained soil in order to thrive. The zones for planting are 4 to 8.