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Robinson Flowering Crabapple
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Specimen trees that you choose to showcase in your front yard should look sharp in all seasons, and Robinson Crabapple is ready to step into that role. This fast-growing ornamental tree is always decked out for the season, whether it's sporting its cheerful pink flowers in spring, clean bronzy leaves in summer, fiery orange foliage in fall, or glossy red fruits in winter. This tree would also make a handsome living "patio umbrella" for an outdoor seating area in your backyard, and a row of Robinson Crabs planted along your fence line would make a colorful and neighborly border to your property. For you backyard Apple growers, Robinson is also an excellent "pollinizer" of Apple trees!
- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
- Spacing: 20-25'
- Exposure: Full Sun
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Recommended by Our Growers
Famed tree and shrub guru Michael Dirr estimates that there are between 400 and 600 varieties of Crabapples available in the U.S. today—so you know there is some stiff competition among Crabs to earn a place in our catalog! Robinson isn’t the newest Crabapple on the market, but it has some fine attributes that keep it a favorite. It has good disease resistance, handsome orange fall color, and a fast growth rate that surpasses all other Crabs. It was selected at C.M. Hobbs, a 200+ year-old nursery near Indianapolis.
Koo-koo-ka-choo, Mrs. Robinson! Excellent disease resistance, drought tolerance and a vigorous growing habit are just a few of this tree's fantastic characteristics. Crimson buds open to deep pink flowers in spring, followed by bronze-tinted green foliage in summer. Coppery-orange fall foliage will jazz up your garden, as will the red fruit that persists into winter.
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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