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Wholesale Crabapple Shrubs & Crabapple Trees

Crabapple trees are a favorite feature of landscapes throughout the country. They’re the ideal ornamental tree or shrub for home gardens, commercial properties, public parks, and really anywhere you can grow a tree. Crabapple trees are renowned for their breathtaking spring flowering with white, pink, and red blooms, as well as the autumnal-colored fruit and foliage they display throughout the fall season.

These plants, like many other trees and shrubs in the deciduous family, are low-maintenance and hardy, able to survive in all climates except tropical. They’re very popular throughout the U.S., offering all of the beauty and versatility you or the customers of your nursery could want in a tree.

Why Grow Crabapple Trees & Shrubs

Crabapple trees are favored by homeowners and landscapers for several advantageous reasons. Most often, it is the uniquely stunning scenes they provide from season to season. In spring, dramatic colorful blooms emerge among the expansive green canopy, creating a vivid sight that embodies the essence of the growth season. Flowers painted in shades of white, pink, and red bloom early in the season and leave a pleasant fragrance in the air.

In summer, the canopy is a luxurious and shapely green with crabapples beginning to bud and take the place of the falling flowers. Come fall, the crabapple tree’s foliage turns to brilliant reds, oranges, and yellows, and is littered with fruits colored orange, red, and purple. Even in winter, the gnarled, snow-covered branches make them an ethereal sight to behold.

Aside from their enduring beauty, crabapple trees are popular for property owners looking to attract wildlife to their yards. Pollinators flock to the spring blossoms, while small mammals enjoy snacking on the fall fruit. When you have a crabapple tree, you’ll often see bees, butterflies, robins, bluebirds, and insects and birds of all kind coming and going in the spring.

Mammals such as deer, foxes, and badgers will be drawn to the crabapples in the fall, but there will still be plenty of fruit for you to harvest yourself. Established trees (2-5 years old) yield an abundance of crabapples each fall that grow in picturesque clusters. While the taste can be a little too tart for some, their pungent flavor is excellent for jams, fruit butters, baked goods, wines, and more.

How to Grow Crabapple Trees & Shrubs

Crabapple trees and shrubs are considered low-maintenance and easy to grow. Once established, they don’t require much attention at all, as long as they are planted in the right conditions. Many crabapple tree varieties on the market today are also disease and pest-resistant, making them even easier to care for.

Soil Conditions for Crabapple Trees & Shrubs

While crabapple trees are adaptable to different soil types, they do best in soil that is nutrient-rich, well-drained, and slightly acidic. A soil pH of 6-7 is ideal. When planting trees or shrubs, enrich the soil with peat moss and compost as you refill the hole—this will allow the roots to get a strong start. Crabapple trees are tolerant of heavy and compacted soils, so long as drainage is adequate.

Light Conditions for Crabapple Trees & Shrubs

Full sun is best for optimal flower and fruit growth in crabapple trees and shrubs. They should be planted in a location where they will receive approximately six or more hours of direct sunlight per day. Full sun exposure also keeps trees and shrubs less vulnerable to disease.

Planting Crabapple Trees & Shrubs

Balled, burlapped, and container-grown crabapple trees can be planted any time in spring, summer, or fall. Bareroot trees must be planted in early spring. Dig a hole to the depth of the root ball and twice as wide. As you’re refilling the hole (with your soil, peat moss, and compost mixture), stop at about halfway to give the roots a deep watering, allowing the soil to drain completely. Then, refill the rest of the hole and apply a layer of mulch (about three inches) around, but not on, the trunk to help the soil retain moisture.

Ongoing Crabapple Tree & Shrub Maintenance

Little maintenance is required once a crabapple tree or shrub is established. In the right conditions, flowering crabapple trees can live from 30-70 years. There are just a few ongoing care tips you will want to keep in mind.

Fertilizing Crabapple Trees & Shrubs

Most crabapple trees do not need fertilizing at all. For good measure, if you’d like, you can apply a light layer annually in the spring. Do not begin fertilizing until the first spring after planting.

Watering Crabapple Trees & Shrubs

Crabapple trees should receive one inch of water per week during their first year of growth. Water deeply three times a week to ensure the moisture reaches the roots, rather than shallow watering every day. After they are established, they should not need supplemental watering, except in the event of any extremely dry periods. Though, most species are drought-resistant.

Pruning Crabapple Trees & Shrubs

Crabapple trees do not need regular pruning. Only prune occasionally to remove dead or diseased branches or when you see unwanted suckers/water sprouts. The best time to prune is in winter. Pruning after June may affect your next year’s blooms.

If you’re looking for a quality supply of crabapple trees and shrubs for your nursery or other plant business, so that your customers may reap their many benefits, Cold Stream Farm has you covered. We offer a variety of different crabapple species for convenient wholesale prices, both as bareroot seedlings and transplants, in Michigan and for delivery throughout the continental U.S. Our crabapple trees and other deciduous trees and shrubs are also available for individual retail purchase. No minimum order is required for wholesale or retail.

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