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A good Flowering Crabapple Tree is hard to beat for year-round beauty and wildlife appeal, and Sugar Tyme™ Crabapple is one of the best. This popular pick will give you sweet eye candy in the form of sugar-white flowers that emerge from cotton-candy-pink buds. The fragrant blooms make for both happy pollinators and a lovely spring picture outside your window. After the bees have done their job, the flowers turn into glossy fruits like Red Hots candies that decorate the branches all winter. Only in spring do the little crabapples become soft and sweet enough for wildlife to enjoy, and songbirds will come to feast upon them.
- Hardiness Zone: 5
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Sugar Tyme™ is a classic Crabapple Tree that has stood the test of time, due to its abundant flowering, long-lasting fruit display, and its good to excellent disease resistance. It was introduced in 1988 by Jim Zampini of Lake County Nursery in Perry, Ohio, a well-respected nursery that knows its Crabapples and grows them as one of its specialties. Sugar Tyme™ wasn’t discovered there, however. It was a chance seedling found in Haslett, Michigan at the home of Michigan State University professor Milton Baron in 1965. Professor Baron passed away in 2014 at the age of 101, leaving behind a long legacy in the field of landscape architecture, not the least of which was this stellar Crabapple Tree.
Crabapples are small to medium-sized trees that aren’t known for having a vigorous rate of growth, but Sugar Tyme™ Crab is faster than most. With good soil and regular feeding, it will make a fine, sizable specimen in no time. It also forms a naturally strong branching pattern with little pruning needed, and it holds up well under the ice and snow loads of typical northern winters.
How to Grow
You don’t need much of a green thumb to have great success with the Sugar Tyme™ Crabapple Tree. Just plant it green side up in a sunny spot in soil that drains well and doesn’t stay wet. Sugar Tyme™ will need regular water during the first year or two while it puts roots down and gets established, but it will require less attention after that. Although this selection is resistant to the common diseases that can afflict Crabapples, planting it in an area where air flows freely is also a good idea. Trim out any suckers should they appear, and avoid damaging the trunk, as wounds may cause additional suckers to form.
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6-8' Tall. Grown in our #15 tree container. This beautiful crabapple will be an absolute showstopper in your landscape.
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