A Feast for the Eyes and the Critters Too!
Sugar Tyme Flowering Crab has long been one of my favorite flowering trees. For twenty years, I have enjoyed the masses of beautiful white flowers that our Sugar Tyme Crab consistently produces every May.
While Sugar Tyme Crab can be best for its lovely explosion of glorious white flowers, it also is very good at resisting most of the disease and insect problems that are sometimes a problem for some of the old fashioned flowering crabs. Leaves stay quite clean all through the growing season and by fall a heavy crop of beautiful red crabapples are starting to show themselves.
The bright red fruit of the Sugar Tyme Crab stubbornly persists on the branches all through the winter, providing excellent color in the drab winter landscape, and plenty of winter food for birds, squirrels, pheasants and deer. We have a group of deer in our neighborhood that make daily trips to our Sugar Tyme Crab when the snow covers up other food sources. Throughout the rest of the winter, various birds feed on the fruit that is too high for the deer to reach, and I enjoy the splash of red color that contrasts with the white of winter.
Sugar Tyme Crab certainly provides a feast for the eyes, and critters, too!
Zone 4 hardy – it will reach a mature height of 15′ tall by 20′ wide.