Crabapple, Sweet (AH)
At a Glance
Latin Name: Malus coronaria
Other common names: sweet crabapple, garland crabapple, American crabapple
Mature Height: (33 feet) tall, with a broad open crown. A bushy shrub with rigid, contorted branches, but frequently becomes a small tree.
Its flowering time is about two weeks later than that of the domestic apple, and its fragrant fruit clings to the branches on clustered stems long after the leaves have fallen. The wood is reddish brown, the sapwood yellow; it is heavy, close-grained, not strong. Used for the handles of tools and small domestic articles.
The flowers bloom from May to June, when leaves are nearly grown.
Perfect, rose-colored, fragrant, 4–5 cm (1+1⁄2–2 in) across.
Soil / Climate: Grows primarily in the Great Lakes region and in the Ohio Valley, with outlying populations as far away as Alabama, eastern Kansas, and Long Island.
It prefers rich moist soil.
Notes: White flower. Fruit is red, 1 – 1 1/2 in diameter, bears annually, and is persistent through winter. Sour fruit used for vinegars.
Provides habitat for deer, ruffed grouse, pheasant, turkey and bees.
Purchase Size: 2-3 ft.
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