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Types of Crabapple Trees

By Lauren Wise ; Updated September 21, 2017

The flowering crabapple tree is one of the most ideal plants to have on your landscape for all four seasons. From the fruit and buds in the spring, to the vibrant colors of fall, it is no wonder crabapples are called "jewels of the landscape." Although there are 25 varieties in America, about half of these are the most common to see in landscapes and gardens.

Weeping-Spreading Form

There are several types of weeping-spreading form of crabapple trees. The Molten Lava crabapple is a very common variety, with orange fruits and white flowers. It grows up to 10 feet tall and provides great foliage and elegant weeping branches. The Red Jade crabapple also has white flowers and grows up to 10 feet, but produces red fruits. The Red Jade is an ideal tree to have in winter because of its great strength and branch spreading, with impressive blooming in the spring. It's characteristics include twisting spreading branches. The Mary Potter has the same appearance as the Red Jade, but has most impressive foliage during the summer season. Also, the trunk bark peels off for interesting textural contrast. The White Cascade grows up to 15 feet tall, with white flowers and yellow fruit that is smaller than the other varieties. The name comes from its cascading display of white flowers throughout the summer. This variety is more susceptible to scabbing disease.

Small Spreading Form

The small spreading form of crabapple trees means that the form is lower branches and smaller spreading growth. The Sargentii grows up to 10 feet, with white flowers and small red fruits. The buds of the flowers are rose pink, which is different from any of the other ones, and in the winter it is least impressive because blossoms fall. The Red Jewel has bright red fruit and grows up to 15 feet tall. Throughout the fall and winter, this tree has lots of red fruit that are impressive because the spreading of branches is small.

Large Rounded Form

The Donald Wyman is a very common crabapple. It grows up to 20 feet tall, with bright glossy red fruit, white flowers, dark green foliage and impressive flowering pattern. The Sugar Tyme grows up to 18 feet, with ideal red fruit and white flower displays in fall and winter. persists through the winter. The Jackii grows up to 40 feet tall, with dark red fruit, white flowers, shiny dark green leaves and strong large structure. The fruit production is sparse but grows in clusters; it is most productive in warmer seasons.