Crabapple (Malus species)
The vibrant, colorful flowers of crabapple trees are a highlight of springtime in Iowa. With many flower colors and characteristics, gardeners have a large number of crabapple varieties to choose from. Older varieties are susceptible to diseases and trees that are disease resistant should be selected.
Hardiness- zones 4 through 8
Growth Rate- medium
Mature Shape- Mature trees have round, spreading crowns. Some varieties have weeping and vase-shaped forms.
Height- 15 to 25 feet
Width- 10 to 25 feet
Site Requirements- Prefers full sun and moist well-drained soils.
Features- The fruit of crabapple trees are also a feature to consider. Some varieties develop fruit that persists into the winter, adding a splash of color to the white landscape; others do not fruit at all. Fruit colors and characteristics of crabapple trees range nearly as much as flower color.
Recommended Varieties for Iowa- See the publication at the link below for crabapple varieties that are disease resistant and well suited for Iowa landscapes.