Crabapples for Home Landscape

Family Rosaceae – Rose Family; Fruit Trees

Crabapples usually bloom in May, bearing flowers that vary a great deal in color, size, and fragrance.

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American Masterpiece Crabapple blossoms
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 (used to be) cold winters and hot summers prevalent in the American Midwest. There are about 55 different species in the genus Malus, and there are innumerable cultivars available in the landscape trade.

The Morton Arboretum’s Crabapple Collection was started in 1924. Part of this collection on the West Side participated 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.

I consider the crabapple collection at The Morton to be one of the most beautiful, colorful places on Earth during springtime. If you live anywhere near Chicago, you absolutely must see these trees in bloom. Yes, the cherry trees around the tidal basin in Washington D.C. are magnificent, but they are of only one variety and color (not to look a gift horse in the mouth), they can’t hold a candle to the riot of red, pink, purple, white and seemingly every shade in between. It’s good for the soul.

I would advise to consult the arboretum on blooming progress before planning your trip. With our recent warmest-ever March (2012), many trees bloomed 3-4 weeks earlier than usual. Of course, the crabs don’t all bloom at the same time, but there is enough overlap that if timed correctly, you can see 80% of the trees near their peak at one visit.

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David Crab at Crabapple Lake
David crabapple at Crabapple Lake at the Morton Arboretum
Redbud Crabapple
Redbud Crabapple
Robinson Crabapple - Malus 'Robinson'
Robinson Crabapple
Yunan Crabapple
Yunan Crabapple
Pillar Apple - Malus tschonoskii
Pillar Apple
Liset Crabapple - Malus 'Liset'
Liset Crabapple
American Masterpieceâ„¢ Crabapple - Malus 'Amaszam'
American Masterpiece
Royalty Crabapple - Malus 'Royalty'
Royalty Crabapple
Redbird Crabapple - Malus 'Redbird'
Redbird Crabapple
Prairie Maid Crabapple - Malus 'Prairie Maid'
Prairie Maid Crab
Strawberry Parfait Crabapple - Malus 'Strawberry Parfait'
Strawberry Parfait Crab

Sparkler Crab
Profusion Crabapple - Malus 'Profusion'
Profusion Crab

Red Baron Crab

Selkirk Crab

Ruby Luster Crabapple

Rejoice Crabapple

Japanese Flowering Crab
Dolgo Crabapple - Malus 'Dolgo'
Dolgo Crabapple
Red Peacock Crabapple - Malus 'Red Peacock'
Red Peacock Crabapple
Tea Crabapple - Malus hupehensis
Tea Crabapple
Professor Sprenger Crabapple - Malus 'Professor Sprenger'
Professor Sprenger Crab
Pink Spires Crabapple - Malus 'Pink Spires'
Pink Spires Crabapple
Louisa Crabapple - Malus 'Louisa'
Louisa Crabapple
Sugar Tymeâ„¢ Crabapple - Malus 'Sutyzam'
Sugar Tymeâ„¢ Crabapple
Jewelberry Crabapple - Malus 'Jewelberry'
Jewelberry Crab
Mary Potter Crabapple - Malus 'Mary Potter'
Mary Potter Crabapple
Crabapple - Malus flexilus
Purple Prince Crabapple - Malus 'Purple Prince'
Purple Prince Crab
Sentinel Crabapple - Malus 'Sentinel'
Sentinel Crabapple
Christmas Holly Crabapple - Malus 'Chrishozam'
Christmas Holly Crabapple
Klehm Prairie Crabapple - Malus ioensis 'Klehmii'
Klehm Prairie Crabapple
Burgundy Crabapple - Malus 'Burgundy'
Burgundy Crabapple

Purple Apricot - Prunus dasycarpa
Purple Apricot

May's Delight Crabapple
May’s Delight Crabapple
Adirondack Crabapple - Malus 'Adirondack'
Adirondack Crabapple
Bob White Crabapple - Malus 'Bob White'
Bob White Crabapple

Henning Crabapple - Malus 'Henningi'
Henning Crabapple

Ormiston Roy Crabapple - Malus 'Ormiston Roy'
Ormiston Roy Crabapple

Red Jewel Crabapple - Malus 'Red Jewel'
Red Jewel Crabapple

Perfect Purpleâ„¢ Crabapple - Malus 'Coppurple'
Perfect Purple Crabapple

Toringo Crabapple - Malus sieboldii
Toringo Crabapple

Hall Crabapple - Malus halliana
Hall’s Crabapple

Doubleflower Chinese Crabapple - Malus spectabilis 'Plena'
Doubleflower Chinese Crab

Plum-leaved Crabapple - Malus prunifolia
Plum-leaved Crabapple

Maria Crabapple - Malus 'Maria'
Maria Crabapple

Prairie Crabapple - Malus ioensis
Prairie Crabapple

Red Swan Crabapple - Malus 'Red Swan'
Red Swan Crabapple

Mahaleb Cherry
Mahaleb Cherry

Royal Raindropsâ„¢ Crabapple - Malus 'JFS-KW5'
Royal Raindropsâ„¢ Crab

Pink Satin Crabapple
Pink Satin Crabapple

Holiday Goldâ„¢ Crabapple - Malus 'Hozam'
Holiday Goldâ„¢ Crabapple

Japanese Mountain Cherry - Prunus serrulata var. spontanea
Japanese Mountain Cherry

Scarlet Brandywineâ„¢ Crabapple
Scarlet Brandywine

Lancelotâ„¢ Crabapple - Malus 'Lanzam'
Lancelot Crabapple

Pink Princessâ„¢ Crabapple - Malus 'Parrsi'
Pink Princess Crabapple

Common Apple - Malus pumila
Common Apple

Pratt's Crabapple - Malus prattii
Pratt’s Crabapple
David Crabapple - Malus 'David'
David Crabapple

Indian Magic Crabapple
Indian Magic Crabapple

Rivers Chinese Flowering Crabapple - Malus spectabilis 'Riversii'
Rivers Chinese Crabapple

Donald Wyman Crabapple - Malus 'Donald Wyman'
Donald Wyman Crabapple

Adams Crabapple - Malus 'Adams'
Adams Crabapple

Siberian Crabapple - Malus baccata
Siberian Crabapple

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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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