Growth Facts

Pink Spires Crabapple

Malus 'Pink Spires'

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Pretty in pink! Pink Spires Crabapple will bring a sweet touch to your landscape when its red buds burst forth in a profusion of fragrant rosy pink blossoms in springtime. The foliage adds its own drama, emerging a rich burgundy color in spring, turning deep green with just a hint of bronze in summer, and taking on warm copper tones in fall. Pink Spires has a trim, narrow-upright outline, and works beautifully as a component in a seasonal privacy screen. It will get a bit rounder in shape as it ages (don’t we all?), but it can be pruned to maintain a slimmer habit.

Growth Facts

The Story

Brr... Pink Spires Crabapple comes to us from the prairies of Canada, so you know this is one hardy tree. It was developed in Saskatoon, Saskatchewan, to be exact, where -35°F in winter is not unusual, and where the record low is -58°F! The tree was named back in 1964 by William “Les” Kerr of the Canadian Department of Agriculture. Today, very few Crabapples from that time period are still on the market, as most have been replaced by new and improved varieties. Pink Spires has had the charm as well as the disease resistance to prevail, while others have disappeared. It’s a real winner!

The Details

Pink Spires can’t wait to get the show on the road and is one of the first Crabapples to bloom in spring. It blooms for an extended period. Pink Spires is also an excellent pollinator to have on hand for early-blooming Apple Trees, such as Braeburn or Zestar!®.

How to Grow

Crabapples are easy and rewarding to grow even for novice gardeners, and Pink Spires is no exception. Just follow a few simple rules. First, choose a site that receives all-day sun. An open area that allows air to flow all around will further lessen the chance of disease on this already disease-resistant variety. Pink Spires is not too picky about soil type—it will even grow in clay—although the soil must drain well and not stay soggy after a rain. Mulch well, irrigate with the Bower & Branch Elements™ Watering System, and feed in fall with Elements™ Fertilizer. Keep an eye out for suckers coming up from the base of the tree and prune them out promptly.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Avg Mature Height 25'
Avg Mature Width 15'
Growth Rate Slow
Leaf Color Green/Purple
Fall Leaf Color Copper
Flower Color Pink
Flower Time Spring
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Time Fall/Winter
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 Yes
Edible Fruit No
Fragrant Yes
Groundcover No
Hedge/Windbreak No
Native No
Salt Tolerance/Seashore No
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen No
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees No
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

Size Guide

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Size A Trees:

6' tall. The branching structure has already been developed. Grown in our #7 tree container. May beed staking at this size.

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