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Pictures shown are mature trees for sake of reference. 

This product is sold in seedling size (18-24") bundles of 25.

(Not full grown)


Crabapples are versatile, small, ornamental trees used in the urban landscape. Crabapples bloom in spring, usually in May, bearing flowers that vary a great deal in color, size, fragrance, and visual appeal. It is common for flower buds to be red, opening to pink or white flowers. The fruit ripens between July and November, and varies in size from ¼”to 2” long or wide. Crabapples thrive in full sun and grow best in well drained, slightly acidic soils (pH 5.5-6.5); however, they will grow well in many soil types. Most crabapple selections tolerate the cold winters and hot, dry summers prevalent in the Midwest.


The fruits have a bitter taste. The leaves are dark green above and paler underneath, turning brown in the fall. The bark on crab apples is typically gray or brown furrowed into narrow scaly ridges, sometimes having a peeling appearance. 

Where it Grows:

Crab apple cultivars can grow in a variety of different site conditions such as valleys and lower slopes, borders of forests, fence rows, fields, and along streams in prairies. The main preference for all cultivars is that it needs moist, well-drained slightly acidic soils. They thrive in full sun.

How it's Used:

Crabapples are widely used under power lines as boulevard trees as well as landscape trees. Some cultivars' wood is used for tool handles. Preserves and cider can be made from the fruit. 

Ecosystem Services:

The fruit is a food source for a white variety of songbirds, migratory birds, and small mammals from squirrels to foxes. 


  • Family (English)Rose
  • Family (botanic)Rosaceae
  • Planting site: City parkway, Residential and parks, Under utility lines, Wide median
  • Foliage: Deciduous (seasonally loses leaves)
  • Native locale: Illinois, North America
  • Size range: Small tree (15-25 feet)
  • Mature height: 15-20 feet
  • Mature width: Variable
  • Light exposure: Full sun (6 hrs direct light daily)
  • Hardiness zones: Zone 4 - 7
  • Soil preference: Moist, well-drained soil
  • Tolerances: Alkaline soil, Dry sites
  • Flower color and fragrance: Fragrant, Pink, Red, White
  • Shape or form: Oval, Pyramidal, Round, Upright, Vase-shaped
  • Growth rate: Moderate
  • Transplants well: Yes
  • Planting considerations: Excessive sucker growth, Messy fruit/plant parts
  • Wildlife: Birds, Migrant birds, Small mammals


Excerpted from and for more information see:

Red Splendor Crabapple - bundle of 25

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  • All items are available until sold out and subject to change according to nursery availability. If there is a change, SWCD will notify the customer within a resonable amount of time ahead of the tree pick up date, if possible. No cancellations after February 15, 2024. All stock is subject to the same condition Morrison SWCD receives from our nurseries. Therefore, Morrison SWCD accepts no responsibility regarding survival of stock and makes no provisions for replacements.

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