Selkirk Crabapple – Malus 'Sekirk'

Selkirk Crabapple – Malus 'Sekirk'
A compact ornamental with good disease resistance,
Selkirk crab has a profusion of long-lasting flowers
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Selkirk Crabapple

Selkirk crab is 24 years old [2]

One of the many selections of flowering Crabapple, Selkirk Crabapple is a deciduous tree with a rounded canopy of spreading branches, ultimately reaching 10-15 feet in height. The fragrant pink blooms appear in great abundance, and the single, 1.5-inch-diameter flowers are red when in bud but open pink. The blooms are followed in fall by long-lasting, bright red or yellow fruits which are very popular with the birds; can be used to make jelly. Crabapples make a mess of a lawn, walk or driveway when the fruit falls. [5]

Pruning requirement: needs little pruning to develop a strong structure.

Light requirement: tree grows in full sun Soil tolerances: clay; loam; sand; acidic; occasionally wet; alkaline; well-drained
Drought tolerance: moderate. Aerosol salt tolerance: low. [3]

Selkirk Crabapple blossoms
Selkirk requires very little pruning but any that is needed should be completed before late spring, to ensure dormant flower buds are not removed. Trees used as street trees should be trained to develop a central trunk and should be occasionally thinned to eliminate water sprouts or crossed-branches, and to open up the crown. This allows for better air circulation through the crown and helps reduce disease.

Crabapples are useful as median trees where the fruit will not fall on pedestrians. Placed in the lawn area as an accent so they receive occasional irrigation, Selkirk Crabapple will give you years of wonderful flowers and showy fruit. It is best to locate them away from a patio or other hard surface so the fruits will not cause a mess. Set it back just far enough so the crown will not overhang the walk, but close enough so the flowers and fruit can be enjoyed. Christmas Holly grows in moist, well-drained, acid soil in full sun locations for best flowering. They are not recommended for sandy soil due to their inability to tolerate drought, but any other soil is suitable, including some clay [1].

1. Morton Arboretum, Crabapple: A Tree For All Seasons
2. Selkirk Crabapple, Morton Arboretum acc. 182-85-4, photos by Bruce Marlin
3. Morton Arboretum, Crabapples for the Home Landscape
Excerpts from Morton Arboretum articles used with permission.
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