Flowers are one of the most delightful creations that nature has to offer but not all flowers need to grow at ground level. In fact, the flowering crabapple trees offers a gorgeous cascade of flowers right at eye level. The popular flowering trees, crabapples can be grown as small trees or shrubs. Their height ranges between 6 to 50 feet and their spread is dense. Depending upon the variety grown, they can have a weeping, spreading, or a pyramidal-shaped crown. Its fruits and leaves are mostly insignificant as the fruits are extremely sour and leaves not very showy. The fruits are used more for their juice extraction. The leaves are pale green, 3 – 10 cm long, and alternately arranged with a serrated margin. Their flowers make them ideal for landscaping. Their five-petaled white, pink, or red blossoms that bloom every spring in clusters cover up the entire tree. Depending upon the different varieties of this tree, the flowers may be single, semi-double, and double.
If it is the flowers that interest you, opt for a double petaled one, as they don’t bear good fruiting. If you want to grow this tree, keep in mind that crabapples are very sensitive to stress. Unfavorable environmental factors can affect the development of these trees. The stress can result to a very unhealthy disposition of the plants like poor color of the leaf or scorches.