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  • Crabapple cultivars (Malus)

    Crabapple tree in flower, cultivar 'Adams'.

    Also known as:

    crabapple, flowering crab, flowering crabapple
    Crabapples are a varied and diverse group. They include a number of species, hybrids, and cultivated varieties (cultivars). The mature size of the plant should be considered in your selection, as should the cultivar's disease resistance in relationship to its site (dry versus wet, for example).

    Size Range:

    • Medium tree (25-40 feet),
    • Small tree (15-25 feet),
    • Compact tree (10-15 feet),
    • Large shrub (more than 8 feet)

    Light Exposure:

    • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)

    Native Locale:

    • Chicago area,
    • Illinois,
    • North America
  • Japanese flowering crabapple (Malus floribunda)

    Crabapple flowers.

    Also known as:

    Japanese flowering crabapple
    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.

    Size Range:

    • Small tree (15-25 feet)

    Light Exposure:

    • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)

    Native Locale:

    • Non-native
  • Prairie crabapple (Malus ioensis)

    Flowers of prairie crabapple.

    Also known as:

    prairie crabapple, Iowa crabapple
    Prairie crabapple was once commonly found throughout the Midwest prairies and savannas. Spectacular in bloom, deep pink flower buds open to white flowers. Their fruit is popular with a myriad of wildlife. Unfortunately, prairie crabapple is susceptible to many foliar diseases.

    Size Range:

    • Medium tree (25-40 feet),
    • Small tree (15-25 feet)

    Light Exposure:

    • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily),
    • Partial sun/shade (4-6 hrs light daily)

    Native Locale:

    • Chicago area,
    • Illinois,
    • North America
  • Sargent’s crabapple (Malus sargentii)

    Sargent's crabapple in full bloom.

    Also known as:

    Sargent’s crabapple, Sargents crabapple
    This 6 to 10 foot dwarf crabapple can be considered a compact tree or large shrub. In spring, pink buds open to a profusion of fragrant, white flower clusters. The persistent, 1/3-inch red fruits attractive birds and other wildlife. The foliage is dark green, turns yellow in the fall, and contrasts nicely with the red fruit. An excellent choice for the shrub border, in mass, or near patios.

    Size Range:

    • Small tree (15-25 feet),
    • Compact tree (10-15 feet),
    • Large shrub (more than 8 feet),
    • Medium shrub (5-8 feet)

    Light Exposure:

    • Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)

    Native Locale:

    • Non-native