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Red Jade Weeping Flowering Crabapple
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If you have an area around your home that's crying out for a focal point, consider planting a Red Jade Weeping Crabapple tree! This umbrella-shaped specimen tree will add drama to your landscape all year-round with its graceful cascading form - but that's not all it has to offer. In spring, Red Jade unleashes an avalanche of frosty white flowers, followed by jade-green leaves that sweep the ground if you let them. Keep this beauty within view of your kitchen or living room window, because in winter you'll want to pour yourself a cup of hot cocoa and watch the birds descend upon the shiny red crab apple fruits. Who needs Animal Planet when you can have the real thing?
- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
- Spacing: 12-15'
- Exposure: Full Sun
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Red Jade traces its lineage to ‘Exzellenz Thiel,’ a Crabapple developed at a German nursery which made its way to the United States in 1912. It was one of the first weeping trees grown in America. Dr. George Reed grew ‘Exzellenz Thiel’ at the Brooklyn Botanic Garden, and in 1935 he tried to improve upon this old weeping variety by sowing its seed. He did, and from that one plant all future Red Jade trees would originate. Red Jade was given one of the early plant patents (#1,497) in 1956.
You won't be jaded when you see this wondrous Weeping Crabapple! In spring, pink buds open to white flowers. Bright red fruit will awaken your senses in late summer as they cling to weeping branches covered by jade green leaves. The vibrant fruit lingers well into winter awarding you and your yard even more seasonal charm.
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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