Crabapple – M flexilus

Crabapple – Malus flexilus

Crabapple - Malus flexilus

This is an ancient specimen for a crabapple,  81 years old

Crabapples thrive in full sun and grow best in well drained, slightly acidic soils (pH 5.5-6.5); however, they will grow well in many soil types. Most crabapple selections tolerate the cold winters and hot, dry summers prevalent in the Midwest. For many years, crabapple cultivars have been selected on the basis of their flowers, but with some cultivars, undesirable features, such as disease problems and early fruit drop, outweigh their short-lived spring beauty. No single cultivar can fulfill every landscaping need.

Crabapple - Malus flexilus

Crabapple – Malus flexilus, Morton Arboretum acc. 936-28*1, from a graft, is 81 years old, and one of Joy Morton’s original plantings.

Crabapple bark

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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