CHANHASSEN, Minn. - With the late spring, we are just now in the heart of crab apple season, and for those in the market for adding these these flowering favorites in the yard, there are a lot of varieties to choose from.
There are trees in every shape, color and size, and they all have their own name! The selection in almost endless.
A weeping crab stays small. It's branches are weeping, hence the name and the tree grows to about 8 to 10 feet wide and about as tall.
Slekirk has a great color of bright fuschia. It's an old variety which makes a big difference in the fruit. The old varieties have large fruit almost the size of a small apple that will drop to the ground, so there's a bit of a mess involved. But these are great if you plan on making jam, jelly or apple butter.
Many of the newer varieties, like Spring Snow, have what is called persistent fruit. That means the crab apples are much smaller or they tend to stay on the tree until they are eaten by birds. Some persistent varieties can have fruit that is almost minimal. Spring Snow is one of them.
Lancelot is a variety that looks very neat and tidy. It has a round shape, which makes it look almost like a lollipop. It grows to about 15 feet tall.
Leaf color is another thing to consider. Many varieties, like Profusion, have burgundy leaves, so even after the flowering stage, the tree continues to add color to you yard.
It takes a little research but there is a crab apple tree that's right for every yard or garden. Good luck!