Starlite® Flowering Crabapple Tree
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 2-8
  • Exposure: Full Sun - Part Shade
  • Bloom Time: Spring
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Starlite® Flowering Crabapple

Malus x 'Jeflite'
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A wonderful, welcoming sight after months of ice and snow! Spring-blooming trees are a joyous sight everywhere, but they are especially appreciated in regions with long, cold winters. Starlite Flowering Crabapple is one spring bloomer that will warm your heart, and it is cold-hardy enough to survive where temperatures drop to 50 below zero! This rugged ornamental tree will signal that spring is here at last with a profusion of pure white blossoms. Later in the year, Starlite Flowering Crab delights again, this time with tiny, shiny red fruits. Songbirds may stop by to snack on them.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 2-8
  • Exposure: Full Sun - Part Shade
  • Bloom Time: Spring
  • Show more ›

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The Story

This hardy Flowering Crabapple that laughs at the cold was developed in Canada at Jeffries Nurseries in Portage La Prairie, Manitoba. One of the parents was Rosthern Siberian Crabapple, a variety named for a city even farther north than Partage La Prairie—Rosthern, Saskatchewan. The other parent was Spring Snow, a popular fruitless Crabapple selection. Many would consider Starlite to be a marked improvement on the beloved Spring Snow, with cleaner, scab-resistant foliage (scab is a fungal disease that affects some Apples and Crabapples), and pretty red fruits that are lacking in the original. Starlite was introduced to the public in 2009.

The Details

Starlite inherited a very upright branching structure from its Rosthern parent. Its dapper, teardrop shape gives it a formal look, making it suitable for showcasing in the front yard. Incorporate it into your foundation plantings, plant it in an island bed, or use it as a street tree under utility wires.

How to Grow

The Starlite Flowering Crabapple is easy to please and makes a good tree for novice gardeners. Plant it in an open, sunny area with good air circulation. Starlite isn’t picky about soil and will grow even in heavy clay as long as drainage is adequate. Use the Bower & Branch Elements™ Watering System to keep your tree well supplied with water during the establishment period, so it can develop a strong root system. In subsequent years, it will be relatively drought tolerant. Do any pruning directly after blooming, except for suckers that appear at the base of the tree, which may be removed at any time.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 2
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Full Sun - Part Shade
Avg Mature Height 25'
Avg Mature Width 15'
Leaf Color Dark Green
Fall Leaf Color Yellow
Flower Color White
Flower Time Spring
Fruit Color Red
Foliage Color Dark Green
Bloom Time Spring
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 No
Dry, Poor Soils No
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance Yes
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest No
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

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