Sparkler Crabapple


Sparkler Crabapple – Malus ‘Sparkler’

This elegant crab is resplendent in rose-red flowers. Grows to 15 feet and spreads to 20.

Sparkler Crabapple

Sparkler Crabapple is 58 years old

‘Sparkler’ crabapple‘s rose-pink flowers are a spring highlight. Newer varities are more disease resistant, but this spreading tree still yields deep red fruits and winter food for birds. Sparkler is an old variety that is susceptible to apple-scab [3]

Sparkler Crabapple blossoms

Like almost all crabs, Sparkler thrives in full sun and grows best in well drained, slightly acidic soils (pH 5.5-6.5). Most crabapple selections tolerate the cold winters and hot summers prevalent in the American Midwest. The specimen pictured here is a venerable resident of the flowering plant section on the Morton Arboretum’s west side and was involved 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.

Sparkler Crabapple bark & foliage

References

  1. Morton Arboretum, Crabapple: A Tree For All Seasons
  2. Sparkler Crabapple, Morton Arboretum acc. 143-55*1, photos ©Bruce Marlin
  3. Morton Arboretum, Crabapples for the Home Landscape

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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