I always enjoy the emergence of the ornamental crabapples in fall. I know, they were there all summer; but it’s not until the leaves make their annual decent that their fruit can be truly appreciated. We humans aren’t the only ones interested in these colorful berry sized ornaments. Wildlife such as deer, song birds, and turkeys enjoy crabapples very much. So much, that I was surprised to find nine turkeys feeding up in the branches of a Sugar Tyme Crabapple a few winters back.
At Knecht’s we know that not all crabapples are created equal. Varieties such as Sugar Tyme, Adirondack and Red Jewel have what is known as persistent fruit. This means that they hold onto their fruit into winter, rather then letting it drop to the ground as it ripens. It is this feature along with disease resistance, and growth habit that we use to select the varieties we offer at our nursery. It’s not too late to add one of these gems to you wildlife planting or landscape. Fall, after all, is for planting!