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Tips for caring for flowering crabapples

Flowering crabapples are among the showiest of spring bloomers.

They are adaptable to many soil conditions and are lovers of full sun. Their small stature (25 feet) and upright shape make crabapples an idea choice for difficult sites (such as under power lines), in mass plantings, or as specimen plants.

They are grown primarily for their spring flowers of magenta, purple, red, pink, or white, which precede the green summer foliage. Being related to apples, crabapples also produce an edible fruit which attracts birds and can be made into jellies. In the fall, their foliage may be red, orange, or yellow.

Many cultivars of crabapples are also available with a distinctive reddish bark.

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