Red Barron Crabapple – Malus ‘Red Barron’
Family Rosaceae – Rose Family; Fruit Trees
USDA Hardiness Zones 4 to 8. Tolerates moist soil, some clay and sand
Red Barron crabapple is a broad-crowned deciduous tree growing to 25 feet tall and 20 wide. Red buds open to profuse, deep pink flowers in early to mid-May. This specimen was photographed on May 8th, near Chicago. Red Barron fruits are deep, shiny red, giving this cultivar its name. They are somewhat winter persistent, about the size of a cherry.
This Red Barron crab is only three years old
Red Barron crab tolerates wet soil, rabbits, deer and pollution, but is not disease resistant. Grows best in full sun, and is most attractive when fed peat moss and compost. 
Crabapples (Malus) are the most stunning of spring flowering trees for Midwest landscapes and are a great choice for the home garden. Many of them are small in stature and can maintain visual interest throughout the changing seasons (spring flowers, fall fruit, textured bark and craggy branches in winter).
Red Barron Crabapple, Morton Arboretum acc. 65-2006*4, photos by Bruce Marlin