A small ornamental tree known for its showy, bright pink buds that open to fragrant white flowers. Japanese flowering crabapple has an irregular,spreading branch habit as it ages, showy, persistent yellow-red fruits and good disease resistance. Use as a specimen tree, in small groups, or a mixed border.
- Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
- Zone 4
- Zone 5
- Zone 6
- Zone 7
- Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
- Occasional drought
- Alkaline soil
- Moist, well-drained soil
- Small tree (15-25 feet)
- Mid spring
- Late spring
- Late summer
- Early fall
Tree & Plant Care
Crabapples are adaptable to most soil conditions but prefer full sun in moist, well-drained soil.
Light pruning may be required to keep plants healthy or correct structural problems. Thinning crown allows light into center for better flowering.
Remove dead, diseased and crossing branches at any time.
Suckers from the base are problems with many crabapples, prune as close to ground as possible.
Disease, pests, and problems
Although good disease resistance, Japanese flowering crab is slightly susceptible to scab, rust, and mildew.
Moderate susceptibility to borers, and fire blight.
Good resistance to Japanese beetles.
Native geographic location and habitat
Attracts birds & butterflies
Fruit is appealing to birds
Leaf or needle arrangement, size, shape, and texture
Dark green leaves are alternate, simple, elliptical, 2 to 4 inches long with serrated margins.
Flower arrangement, shape, and size
Pink buds open to the white flowers.
Fruit, cone, nut, and seed descriptions
Fruit is 3/8-inch, yellow and red, often persistent into winter