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Many, if not most, of the Crabapple trees from your grandmother’s time have been pushed to the side in recent years by new-and-improved varieties developed by breeders. The older varieties that have hung around have only done so by being truly spectacular, and Indian Magic is one of those special survivors. In spring, this dazzling ornamental tree will grace your yard with a magnificent display of raspberry-pink blossoms. In fall, it will delight you with an over-the-top show of brilliant orange crabapple fruits by the hundreds. The neighborhood birds will love them, too—but it may take them the whole winter to eat them all!
- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
- Spacing: 15-18'
- Exposure: Full Sun
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Simpson Nursery in Vincennes, Indiana is one of the oldest nurseries in the country, having been established in 1851, when salesmen traveling by horse and buggy were the norm. The Simpsons used smart farming methods to turn a barren tract of mismanaged farmland into a thriving orchard. When Bob Simpson took the reins in 1968, he shifted the focus to nursery stock, specializing in Crabapples, Hawthorns, and Hollies. The original ‘Indian Magic’ was a seedling of his in 1955. Somehow, its two red-fruited parents produced an offspring with pumpkin-orange crabapples.
Indian Magic Crabapple is a rather small ornamental flowering tree that would be perfect in any garden. Beautiful pink flowers appear in spring which the honeybees love and small orange crabapples appear in late summer/early fall - a timely treat for the birds.
How to Grow
Flowering Crabapples grow well in a wide range of soil conditions and should be planted in a sunny area of your yard; they can tolerate very light shade as well. As with all trees, keep your newly planted Crabapple watered. Don’t keep the soil too wet, however, moist soil is fine. Crabapples also like fertilizer, the more you give them – the more they grow. Once a year apply a simple tree fertilizer during fall to help promote new growth and flowers for the following season. Pruning Flowering Crabapples is fairly easy. Prune branches after your Crabapple is done flowering and cut off any suckers around the base of your tree whenever they appear.
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Size B Trees:
6-8' tall. Grown and shipped in our #15 tree container a smaller and wider growing tree. Pruned for climbing, fully developed canopy and branching structure with stem caliper near 1 1/2".
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