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Flowering Crabapples, Crabapples, Malus, Fragrant Trees, Small Trees, Winter Fruit, Fall Fruit, persistent fruit,

Flowering Crabapples with Persistent Fruit

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.

spring tree, fall tree, winter tree, summer tree, 4 season tree, four season tree

Trees with Four Seasons of Interest for your Garden

Create a garden that commands attention throughout the year by selecting trees that excite interest month after month and provide a ravishing show throughout all four seasons.

Acer, Acer palmatum, acer palmatum dissectum, Japanese Maple, Winter bark, Spring foliage, spring color, Fall color, Fall Foliage, Drama Trees

Add Drama in Your Garden With Terrific Japanese Maples

While all Japanese Maples are beautiful and provide a fabulous architectural presence, in the garden or in containers, some enjoy particularly outstanding features such as dramatic foliage, long-lasting striking leaf color, unusual leaf shape or striking winter bark. The eye can never pass lightly over the dazzling color presented by their flaming foliage across seasons or the graceful outlines of their brilliant coral twigs and branches.

Flowering Crabapples, Crabapples, Malus, Plant Combinations, Border Ideas, Spring Borders, Summer Borders, Companion Plants, Fragrant Treess, Small Trees, Winter Fruit, Fall Fruit

How To Choose The Right Flowering Crabapple for Your Garden

Most gardeners are unaware of the wide range of characteristics offered by Malus species and their cultivars in terms of flower color, fragrance, fruit color, fruit retention, fall foliage, tree shape, and disease resistance. These are key elements to consider when selecting a flowering crabapple. Consequently, you should not eliminate varieties merely by flower color alone, or you may end up with a less than optimum tree with limited interest.

Winter Garden, Early Spring Garden, Shrubs with berries, evergreen shrubs, Red berries, Purple Berries, Golden Berries, Winter Berrries

Shrubs and Trees with Colorful Fruits and Berries in Winter

Some trees and shrubs display beautiful fruits in late summer or fall, which persist into winter. In a glorious display of crimson, orange, yellow or even purple, their attractive berries adorn their branches in eye-catching bouquets, which gleam like jewels in the soft sunlight.

Brugmansia (Angel's Trumpet)

Prized for their tropical look and impressive, trumpet-shaped blossoms, Brugmansias (Angel's Trumpets) are evergreen shrubs or small trees of great beauty. Fragrant, these South American natives release their powerful scent most readily in the evenings. Long-lived, incredibly decorative, they are fairly easy to grow and add high drama in the garden or in containers.

Flowering Crabapples, Crabapples, Malus, Plant Combinations, Border Ideas, Spring Borders, Summer Borders, Companion Plants, Fragrant Treess, Small Trees, Winter Fruit, Fall Fruit

Great Companion Plants For Your Flowering Crabapples

Spectacular on their own, flowering crabapples can hold center stage across the seasons by themselves. However, their magnificence can be enhanced by companion plants that will frame and accent their beauty.

Malus, Crabapples, Crab Apples, Spring Flowering Trees, Disease resistant Crabapples, spring flowers, pink flowers, White flowers, Fragrant Trees

Best Flowering Crabapples for New England

Among the most prized of ornamental trees, flowering crabapples are best known for their spectacular display of magnificent blooms in spring and colorful fall fruit. However, crabapples are susceptible to four major diseases which can cause early defoliation, disfigurement and weakening of trees. Here is a list of varieties and cultivars that consistently perform well in New England.

Malus, Crabapples, Crab Apples, Spring Flowering Trees, Disease resistant Crabapples, spring flowers, pink flowers, White flowers, Fragrant Trees

Best Flowering Crabapples for the Mid-Atlantic Region

Crabapples are susceptible to four major diseases (apple scab, fire blight, cedar-apple rust, powder mildew), which can cause early defoliation, disfigurement and weakening of trees. Powdery mildew is a problem in the Middle Atlantic region. Here is a list of varieties and cultivars that consistently perform well in the Mid-Atlantic Region.

Malus, Crabapples, Crab Apples, Spring Flowering Trees, Disease resistant Crabapples, spring flowers, pink flowers, White flowers, Fragrant Trees

Best Flowering Crabapples for Southern Gardens

Among the most prized of ornamental trees, flowering crabapples are best known for their spectacular display of magnificent blooms in spring and colorful fall fruit. However, crabapples are susceptible to four major diseases which can cause early defoliation, disfigurement and weakening of trees. Here is a list of varieties and cultivars that consistently perform well in Southern Gardens.

Malus, Crabapples, Crab Apples, Spring Flowering Trees, Disease resistant Crabapples, spring flowers, pink flowers, White flowers, Fragrant Trees

Best Flowering Crabapples for Midwestern Gardens

Flowering crabapples are choice garden trees with their springtime clouds of fragrant blossoms and their fall colorful fruits. When selecting a flowering crabapple variety for your garden, consider its ornamental features (flowers, fruit display, etc.), size and growth habit, and importantly, its disease-resistance. Here is a list of varieties and cultivars that consistently perform well in Midwestern gardens.

Malus, Crabapples, Crab Apples, Spring Flowering Trees, Disease resistant Crabapples, spring flowers, pink flowers, White flowers, Fragrant Trees

Best Flowering Crabapples for the Pacific Northwest Region

The Pacific Northwest may not be the best place to enjoy the long-lasting beauty of flowering crabapples. Many older crabapple varieties grown in the past adapted poorly to the cool, constant humidity of the region. Diseases such as apple scab and powdery mildew took their toll. However, breeders have been busy improving the disease-resistance of flowering crabapples. Here is a list of varieties and cultivars that consistently perform well in the Pacific Northwest Region. 

Plant Combinations, Flowerbeds Ideas, Winter Garden, Early Spring Garden, Exfoliating Bark, dogwood, witch hazel, ilex, berries

Create a Garden with Great Winter Interest

Winters may be long and cold, but your garden can allay that dreariness and be transformed into a place of natural beauty with visually arresting textures, colors, fragrance and flowers. To create such a beautiful winter scene, you need to make sure you select the right plants.

Winter Garden, Early Spring Garden, Winter Flowers, Hellebore, Christmas Rose, Lenten Rose, Flowering quINCE, Cornelian Cherry, witch hazel, Hamamelis, Heath, Erica, Cornus Mas

Pretty Flowers for your Winter Garden

Most people celebrate daffodils as the harbingers of spring, without being aware that many other plants flower much earlier

Betula, Birches, Betula pendula, Betula utilis, Betula utilis var. jacquemontii, Betula ermanii, Betula dahurica, Betula albosinensis, Betula nigra, River birch, Chinese birch, White birch, Paper birch, Chinese red birch,

Which Birch to Choose for my Garden?

Impervious to cold and wet, low maintenance and deer resistant, birches are terrific additions to the landscape. Often grown as specimen trees, they look spectacular when planted in groups of three or more.

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