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Top Ornamental Crabapples for Wisconsin

Laura Jull, UW-Horticulture

Why grow crabapples? Ornamental crabapples are very popular, small to medium-sized ornamental trees suitable for urban environments. There are more than 650 different cultivars of crabapples with a variety of leaf, flower, and fruit colors, fruit sizes, and growth forms. Crabapples are tolerant to a wide range of soil conditions, as long as they are well drained. It is important when selecting crabapples to not only select for ornamental value, but also disease resistance. In addition, it is best to select a crabapple with small-sized fruit that persist throughout the winter. The list below provides information on some of the most ornamental, disease resistant crabapples available for landscaping in Wisconsin. Cultivars listed below are considered proven performers. This list is by no means comprehensive and new introductions are currently being evaluated.

White flowers/red fruits:

Malus baccata 'Jackii': 30' tall; fragrant flowers; persistent fruit

Malus sargentii: 6-8' tall; mounded, shrubby form; wide spreading; fragrant flowers

Malus sargentii 'Tina': 4-5' tall; dwarf form; wide-spreading; slow grower

Malus x zumi var. calocarpa: 15-25' tall; broad form; fragrant flowers that are pink in bud; persistent fruit

Malus 'Jewelcole' (Red Jewel): 15-18' tall; rounded form; persistent fruit

Malus 'Sutyzam' (Sugar Tyme): 15-20' tall; oval to rounded form; fragrant flowers

Malus 'Adirondack': 15-20' tall; upright growth habit to oval; dark green leaves
White flowers/yellow fruits:

Malus 'Ormiston Roy': 20-25' tall; rounded form; fruit turns yellow-orange in late fall

Malus 'Hargozam' (Harvest Gold®): 20' tall; upright form; persistent, golden fruit

Red or Pink flowers/red to maroon fruits:

Malus 'Prairifire': 15-20' tall; rounded form; purple, shiny bark; purple leaves; dark purplish-red flowers

Malus 'Prairie Maid': 15' tall; purple to green foliage; deep pink flowers; cherry-red fruit

Malus sargentii 'Candymint': 8-10' tall; pink flowers with white centers; red fruit
Weeping form:

Malus 'Coral Cascade': 15' tall; semi-weeping form; pinkish-white flowers; persistent, orange fruit

Malus 'Louisa': 10-15' tall; graceful, weeping form; pink flowers; yellow fruit

Malus 'Manbeck Weeper' (Anne E.): 10' tall; wide-spreading weeper; persistent fruit

Malus 'Molazam' (Molten Lava): 10-15' tall; horizontal weeper; white flowers; orange fruit

For more information on crabapples: See UW-Extension bulletins A1616, A2173, A2598, and University of Wisconsin Garden Facts X1007, X1009B, or contact your county Extension agent.

1999 by the Board of Regents of the University of Wisconsin System doing business as the division of Cooperative Extension of the University of Wisconsin Extension.


Apr. 26, 2004

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