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Crabapple Recommendation? #747985

Asked May 04, 2021, 3:11 PM EDT

Hello! I am looking for a fragrant, pink flowering crabapple tree for my front yard. I had been looking for one that doesn't bear fruit so it wouldn't be messy but those varieties aren't as disease resistant. And I was also told that maybe some crabapple trees aren't that messy because the berries are small and the birds mostly eat them. I'm hoping you can give me some recommendations on fragrant, pink (any shade of pink) flowering crabapple trees that would be like this. Small fruit, not continually producing, and with fruit that doesn't tend to drop. Size medium with a rounder shape (not super tall or conelike). THANK YOU!!!

Hennepin County Minnesota

Expert Response

Hi Ann

To start, standard apple trees grow 20-35 high, semi-dwarf 12-15 and dwarf 7-10.  https://pss.uvm.edu/ppp/articles/choosefruits.html#:~:text=While%20standard%20apple%20trees%20grow,or%207%20to%2010%20feet

So your first decision is dwarf v semidwarf.

This is a good chart for you. https://www.jfschmidt.com/pdfs/JFS_CRAB_CHART.pdf

I cannot suggest dealers but pick a big one or order on line. 

Prairiefire Flowering Crabapple


This is a great time to go to the arboretum where you can see their collection of 250 varieties  https://northerngardener.org/great-plants-for-northern-gardens-day-21-crab-apple-trees/

https://arboretumnaturenotes.wordpress.com/2019/01/31/crabapples-at-the-arboretum/

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Steve Miles Replied May 04, 2021, 3:52 PM EDT
Hello Steve!
Thank you so much! I actually just met you in person the other day at the new plant store on 52nd and Hiawatha! 
I'm the volunteer coordinator at Southeast Seniors. What a small world!!!

Just to clarify: Are you recommending the Prairie Fire? It looks gorgeous. 
Is that one that would not drop a lot of messy fruit? 
Also, we are going to the Arboretum on Sunday so we will be checking out all the varieties there!

On Tue, May 4, 2021 at 2:52 PM Ask Extension <askextension@eduworks.com> wrote:
Ann Carter Replied May 04, 2021, 4:06 PM EDT

Hi Ann, 

I would check out the Arb.

Prairie Fire would be excellent. https://www.arborday.org/trees/treeguide/TreeDetail.cfm?ItemID=820

But it depends on your site and on the height that you want. https://www.plymouthmn.gov/home/showdocument?id=20612

Best

Steve Miles Replied May 04, 2021, 8:22 PM EDT

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