|Redbird Crabapple – Malus 'Redbird'|
A low-spreading ornamental, Redbird Crab has a profusion of spectacular red winter-persitent fruit.
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Redbird Crabapple offers attractive winter-persistent fruit. That's all I can tell you until next spring. Looks to be a low-spreading variety.
There are about 55 different species in the genus Malus, and there are innumerable cultivars available in the landscape trade. The Morton Arboretum's Crabapple Collection was started in 1924. Part of this collection on the West Side participated in the National Crabapple Evaluation Program which evaluated new and disease-resistant varieties. As a result of the multi-year evaluation and additions, it has transformed into the West Side Malus collection which now contains 60 different kinds and over 140 specimens with highly desirable qualities.
Some of the specimens in this collection are almost large enough to be considered shade trees, while others are quite small. There is a great variety of shape as well, from wide to upright and narrow, weeping, and multi-stemmed. There is variety in flower color, ranging from white to pink, red, purple, and crimson. Some flower buds will be one color, and then open up to a completely different color! Fruits range in size from smaller than a pea, to nearly the size of most apples; they can be red, purple, orange, yellow, or green. Some of the smaller fruits persist on the tree throughout winter, providing a splash of color in the cold months. 
|I'll come back another time and hopefully catch this gal in bloom. I've had the most fun shooting trees, especially crabapples, at the Morton Arboretum. Crabapple Lake in the springtime is not to be missed!|
1. Morton Arboretum, Crabapple: A Tree For All Seasons
2. Redbird Crabapple, Morton Arboretum acc. 75-90-1, photos by Bruce Marlin
3. Morton Arboretum, Crabapples for the Home Landscape
4. Morton Arboretum, Plant Health Care Report, Issue 2009.07, May 22- May 28, 2009
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Family Rosaceae – Rose Family; Fruit Trees
Containing Hawthorns, Apples, Pears, Cherries, Plums, Peach, Almond, Mountain-Ash and Whitebeam. Rosaceae is a large family of plants with about 3,000 species in ~100 genera. Crabapple and other fruit trees provide some of our most outstanding flowering ornamentals, as well as food for birds and other wildlife.
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