Crabapples for winter interest

Sugar Tyme Ornamental Crabapple Pale pink buds in spring open to pure white flowers. Bright, red fruit is persistent. Disease resistant. 15' Tall and 18' Wide
Sugar Tyme Ornamental Crabapple
Pale pink buds in spring open to pure white flowers. Bright, red fruit is persistent. Disease resistant. 15′ Tall and 18′ Wide
Adirondack Crabapple Showy red flower buds in spring open to snowy white flowers edged in pink. Reddish orange fruits persist into December. A wonderful choice for small spaces and borders. 15-18' Tall and 12-16' Wide. Zone 4-8
Adirondack Crabapple
Showy red flower buds in spring open to snowy white flowers edged in pink. Reddish orange fruits persist into December. A wonderful choice for small spaces and borders. 15-18′ Tall and 12-16′ Wide. Zone 4-8

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.

Red Jewel Ornamental Crabapple This small ornamental tree provides year round interest. Brilliant white flowers in spring turn to bright red, persistent fruit in fall. An excellent selection. 15' Tall and 12' Wide. Zone 4-8.
Red Jewel Ornamental Crabapple
This small ornamental tree provides year round interest. Brilliant white flowers in spring turn to bright red, persistent fruit in fall. An excellent selection. 15′ Tall and 12′ Wide. Zone 4-8.

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!

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