Red Barron Crabapple Tree
Red Barron Crabapple Leaf
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Red Barron Crabapple Tree
Red Barron Crabapple Leaf
Red Barron Crabapple Additional Product Shot 582

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Spacing: 8-12'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
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Red Barron Crabapple
Malus x 'Red Barron'

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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.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Spacing: 8-12'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Show more ›

The Story

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.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 20'
Avg Mature Width 10'
Spacing 8-12'
Growth Rate Slow
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Orange
Flower Color Dark Red
Flower Time Spring
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Time Fall
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies No
Attracts Hummingbirds Yes
Attracts Pollinators Yes
Deer Resistant No
Drought Tolerant Yes
Dry, Poor Soils Yes
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore Yes
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

Size Guide Scale

Scale

Size: B

Size B

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Size B Trees:

6-8' tall. This taller growing selection has strong stem caliper to around 1 1/2" with a well formed canopy and branching structure. Grown and shipped in our #15 tree container at this size.

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Red Barron Crabapple Tree
Red Barron Crabapple Leaf
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