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Red Barron Crabapple is a small flowering ornamental tree for your patio or garden with an appealing round shape that you will want to keep close. This tree is small but offers pretty shade and low branches that are easy to climb for small children. A nice addition to a wildlife garden, Red Barron Crabapple has long lasting showy red flowers in spring enjoyed by honeybees and red fruit in late summer that is quickly removed by visiting birds. Red Barron Crabapple makes a dramatic statement planted in groves or when planted in a row to line your property or driveway.
- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
- Spacing: 8-12'
- Exposure: Full Sun
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Did you know that Johnny Appleseed was not a seller of apple trees, but crabapple trees? Because if you plant an apple seed, you will almost surely not get a tree that yields big, juicy apples, but one that produces small, sour ones—crabapples. Named varieties of both apples and crabapples are propagated by “budding,” a type of grafting—not by seed. Red Barron is a tree that originated at Harvard University’s Arnold Arboretum. It was introduced by the late Bob Simpson of Vincennes, Indiana, of Winter King Hawthorn fame.
How to Grow
Crabapples are easy to grow, but do have some disease issues. Fireblight is the most serious problem, entering the tree through the open flowers when conditions are right. Branches will turn black, and the whole tree may die. Red Barron has good resistance to fireblight and fair to excellent resistance to the more cosmetic diseases that sometimes affect crabs. Plant this tree in a sunny spot in any kind of soil—even clay. Keep string trimmers and mowers away from the trunk, as its bark is thin and easily damaged.
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