The Saint had wanted us to get a Crabapple tree from the time we moved into this house. I did not think that was a good idea due to the deer in our yard. One day as a surprise, I brought home a Robinson Crabapple for the Saint. He was so proud of his new tree and gladly posed with it shortly after planting her back in April of 2005.
She was in full bloom and pretty in no time at all. That has been the only time we have seen such beautiful blossoms on her.
She is much larger being 4 years old but I have been a bad mommy to the Saint's Crabapple. I don't have any updated pictures of her in her full green clothing. Here she stands naked as a Jay Bird but much taller. If you look closely, you can see the branches all the way to the top of the picture. I know, difficult to see but use your imagination today.... Even though this tree is in the main pathway for the deer to get to their corn we provide them, they do not bother this tree. I hung Dial Soap on it the first two years of its life with us and I assume it worked. The issue we are having with our little tree is the squirrels.
When the tree starts to bloom, the squirrels climb it and eat all the blossoms. When the blossoms are gone, they start to chew on the trunk! As if to say, "more, more, we want more blossoms"This little tree is tough and keep on healing its wounds but we don't know how much longer this tree will survive at this rate. Every spring there is a new wound from the pesky critters.
We had some warm temps so the tree popped out a few blossoms and the squirrels found them right away. Here is this years new wound on the poor Crabapple. I was thinking of putting a mesh wire fence around it as we did to the little dogwood tree. Click HERE to see that process. That seems to be keeping the deer and squirrels at bay for the little dogwood tree. Or maybe a slick stovepipe such as on our bird feeders.