Siberian Crabapple – Malus baccata

Siberian Crabapple – Malus baccata
Height: 20 to 35 feet / Spread: 15 to 25 feet
Crown uniformity: irregular outline or silhouette
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Siberian Crabapple is 44 years old [2]
One of the many selections of flowering Crabapple, Siberian Crabapple is a deciduous tree with a rounded canopy of spreading branches, ultimately reaching 20 to 25 feet in height. The fragrant blooms appear in great abundance, and the single, 1.5-inch-diameter flowers are pink when in bud but open white. 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]

Uses: Bonsai; container or above-ground planter; espalier; large parking lot islands; wide tree lawns; specimen; residential street tree.

Height: 20 to 35 feet / Spread: 15 to 25 feet / Crown uniformity: irregular outline or silhouette / Crown shape: round; spreading
Crown density: dense / Growth rate: medium / Texture: medium [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. [5]

Siberian Crabapple buds, blossoms, & bark

Siberian crab features pink buds opening to white flowers
1. Morton Arboretum, Crabapple: A Tree For All Seasons
2. Siberian Crabapple – Malus baccata, Morton Arboretum acc. 366-88*1, photographed by Bruce Marlin
3. Morton Arboretum, Crabapples for the Home Landscape
4. USDA, ARS, National Genetic Resources Program. (GRIN), Malus baccata
5. Edward F. Gilman and Dennis G. Watson, USDA Forest Service ST-397 Malus baccata Siberian Crabapple

Excerpts from Morton Arboretum articles used with permission.

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Many of these plants are of vital economic importance, the fruit of which contain vitamins, acids, and sugars and can be used both raw and for making preserves, jam, jelly, candy, wine, brandy, cider and other beverages.
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