Even though crabapples are not the most popular, their beautiful trees and colorful fruit are a great addition to any garden or orchard. The trees not only produce miniature apples, but pretty white or pink flowers that bloom in the spring. Planting crabapple trees near other trees will attract bees and birds to help with pollination. In fact, at the Bag-A-Nut testing site, there are crabapple trees planted near the pecan orchard, adding to the beauty of the property.
Happy DIY Home has an extensive article called “How to Grow and Care for a Crabapple Tree” that not only teaches how to plant and maintain gorgeous trees, but also how to choose what kind for your climate, when and where to plant, how to deal with diseases and pests, and how to propagate. The article explains, “Most varieties of crabapple are edible. They are also ornamentally attractive, forming in shades of green, yellow, red and orange. However, not every variety bears fruit. Some simply produce masses of colorful flowers throughout the growing season.”
There are different varieties of crabapple trees, such as, Dologo, Malus Pink Glow, and Chestnut Crabapple. Each kind is a different size, produces different flavors in their fruits, and does better in different climates. Choosing the right type of tree for your area is an important step for growing a thriving tree.
Crabapples are similar to apples, but don’t get as sweet because they are a smaller fruit. You can add a sweetener and make jams, jellies, cider, pies, and butter, or just eat them raw. Once they have fallen, you can use a Large Acorn Bag-A-Nut Harvester to collect them, and start making these delicious treats.
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