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Magnificent small flowering tree for spring

Crab apples are perhaps the most popular small flowering tree grown by Illinois gardeners. Currently, there are hundreds of cultivars commercially available, ranging from 8' to 30' in height and having rounded, upright and horizontal habits. Click on the cultivar icon to learn more about those recommended for the Midwest.  

Malus
Crab apple
Family: Rose (Rosaceae)
Type: Small flowering tree

Mature Size:
15-25 feet

Shape:
round
  Flower Colors:
white
pink
red
  Bloom Season:
March-April
May-June
Exposure:
sun
  Soil Moisture:
moderate
  Zones:
3-8
attracts birds
Winter Interest
fruit
  Landscape Use:
urban street
specimen plant
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