Spring Snow Crabapple
Whoever heard of a Crabapple tree with no crab apples? Well, in some cases, fruits may be a nuisance, and that’s when Spring Snow Crabapple comes to the rescue. This pretty flowering tree comes in handy near sidewalks or patios where fruits might make a mess. Tolerant of city life, Spring Snow Crab also makes a good street tree, and it’s small enough to plant under power lines, too. Though it’s lacking in the fruit department, this dependable tree produces a cloud of bright white flowers each spring, and its floral display alone earns it a place in tidy landscapes—no clean-up required!
- Hardiness Zone: 4-8
- Spacing: 20-25'
- Exposure: Full Sun
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Spring Snow is a direct descendant of an old, super-cold-hardy Crabapple variety called ‘Dolgo,’ which originated in South Dakota in 1917. Dolgo is not grown much anymore, but Spring Snow is still popular, due to its lack of fruits. The original Spring Snow seedling grew for 25 years in Saskatchewan (where they see plenty of real “Spring Snows”!) before anyone noticed it and realized its potential. It was finally spotted in 1963 by A.J. Porter. A few years later it was patented in the U.S. by Inter-State Nursery of Iowa.
Some of us may dream of a "White Christmas", but what about a white spring?! Fragrant, pure white flowers cover the branches of this hardy Crabapple. Dark green leaves overtake this disease resistant and drought tolerant tree in summer, only to be overcome by fabulous yellow color in fall. Spring Snow Crabapples are not only beautiful trees, but also very tidy - they don't produce fruit! I guess the birds are just gonna have to eat birdseed this 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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