Sugar Tyme® Flowering Crabapple Tree
Sugar Tyme® Flowering Crabapple Leaf
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Sugar Tyme® Flowering Crabapple Tree
Sugar Tyme® Flowering Crabapple Leaf
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Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Spacing: 15'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
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Sugar Tyme® Flowering Crabapple

Malus x 'Sutyzam' PP7,062

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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.

Growth Facts

  • Hardiness Zone: 4-8
  • Spacing: 15'
  • Exposure: Full Sun
  • Show more ›

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The Story

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.

The Details

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.

More Info

Cold Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 4
Heat Tolerance/Hardiness Zone 8
Exposure Full Sun
Avg Mature Height 14-18' Tall
Avg Mature Width 11-15' Wide
Spacing 15'
Growth Rate Slow
Leaf Color Green
Fall Leaf Color Yellow
Flower Color White
Flower Time Spring
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Time Late Fall to Early Winter
Cary Award Winner No
PA Gold Medal Award No
Attractive Bark No
Attracts Birds Yes
Attracts Butterflies Yes
Attracts Hummingbirds No
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 Yes
Seasonal Cut Branches No
Shade Tolerance No
Showy Flowers Yes
Specimen Yes
Urban Conditions Yes
Utility Line Trees Yes
Wet Moist Soils No
Winter Interest Yes
Woodland Garden No
Decor/Craft Use No

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Sugar Tyme® Flowering Crabapple Tree
Sugar Tyme® Flowering Crabapple Leaf