Remember my post on the Crabby Crabapples? This post is a follow up to that post and is a redeeming post for crabapples. These pictures on this post are why I grow crabapples.
I just absolutely love them when they are in bloom. And guess who else loves them? The bees and butterflies are in heaven with the blooms this time of year. You can surely tell spring is here.
The big pink crabapple is Nina's crabapple. I like the pink blooms so much because they are different from the usually white dogwoods and white cherries and white crabapples. They really show up well and blend in nicely with the landscape. Nina planted her crabapple in a great spot. There is plenty of room for the tree to grow, and this tree really stands out nicely!
My little Prairie Fire crabapple also has pink blooms and is filling out nicely. I had no idea what color or form my crabapples would grow into since I bought them on sale and out of season. While I love all three of mine, the forms are all different. The different forms make a problem for me. The Prairie Fire has a large spreading form and is planted near a pathway. This has caused me to have to prune it more than I would like. Another upright white crabapple (not pictured here but pictured in Aprils Bloom Day post) has plenty of room and would've been a much better choice in the Prairie Fire spot. I wish I had known that prior to planting 4 years ago.
The second picture shows my 'dripping' crabapple in my perennial garden. This tree has a weeping form. See how the branches tend to grow down? I have had to prune it too much in order to raise the canopy and it is a painful battle for me. Sigh. Anyone else have these problems or am I the only one who doesn't fully plan my locations out with the right plant in the right spot? I am doing a MUCH better job of planning now, but initially when I earnestly began to garden here about five years ago, I barely had enough time to read the labels, let alone research the cultivar. I have since learned to read, research and then plant! Regardless of the form of the crabapples, the blooms are all lovely.
Since crabapples can vary so very much in both form and color, please be sure to buy a variety which will work with your conditions and which is resistant to diseases and fungus so you don't wind up with 'crabby crabapples'.in the garden....