Among the most prized of ornamental trees, flowering crabapples have long been a staple of landscape gardening. They are best known for their spectacular display of magnificent blooms in spring and colorful fall fruit. Their summer foliage, small stature and various tree shapes add to their charm and give them year-round interest.
From fall into winter, crabapples put on a terrific display of colorful fruit in a wide array of color, including pale lime, chartreuse with yellow highlights, various shades of gold often rouged with pink, orange or bright red cheeks, bright orange, crimson, carmine, burgundy or even bishop's purple. If persistent, their color parade can be enjoyed for months unless hungry birds feast on them.
- Persistent fruits cling to the branches and do not drop. Not only they provide color and winter interest, but they do not litter the ground.
- Fruit can be large (1-2 in. or 2.5-5 cm), medium sized (0.5-1 in. or 1.3-2 cm), small (0.25-0.5 in. or 0.6-1.3 cm) or mini-fruited (less than 0.25 in.). Generally speaking, the smaller fruits are an asset as they do not fall, rot or litter the yard.
- If you want a flowering crabapple with terrific winter interest, you may want to select a tree with persistent fruits. Be aware, your crabapple tree may become a banquet for wildlife in winter, when food is scarce or difficult to find due to snow cover!
To help you select the best flowering crabapple for your yard, we have compiled lists of varieties and cultivars with long-lasting fruits.