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Snowdrift crabapple features rounded shape, dense leaves, and is a vigorous grower that is excellent for residential settings, parks and open spaces.

Tree of the Month: Snowdrift Crabapple

By Len Phillips, ASLA Emeritus


 


 

 

 

All photos provided by J. Frank Schmidt & Son Co.


Trade Name: Snowdrift Crabapple


Botanical Name: Malus ‘Snowdrift’


Family: Rosaceae


Parentage: Native


Year of Introduction: 1975 introduction from Cole Nursery


Height: 15 to 20 feet


Spread: 15 to 20 feet


Form: Rounded, dense


Flower: Single, pink buds, white when open, abundant, over 1-inch diameter


Fruit: Orange-red, 3/8-inch, persistent


Foliage: Dark green, lustrous, heavy texture


Spring Color: Covered with white flowers in early spring


Summer Foliage: Rich light-green darkens with age


Autumn Foliage: Yellow and orange contrast nicely with red fruits


Winter Color: Persistent red fruits on dark twigs


Bark: Dark brown or gray


Habitat: Does very well throughout the United States


Culture: Well drained soil, acidic, partial shade is preferred


Hardiness Zone*: 4 – 6


Growth Rate: Medium, full size in 25 years


Pest Resistance: Excellent resistance to Cedar-Apple rust and Mildew, good resistance to Scab but not to Fireblight


Storm Resistance: Good


Salt Resistance: Good


Planting: Fibrous roots allow any transplanting technique, including bare root, in spring only


Pruning: Prune at planting and three years later to mature form


Propagating: Budding, grafting, softwood cuttings in summer


Design Uses: Excellent for residential, park, open spaces, and under utility wires


Companions: Does well with most perennials and other crabapples


Site Requirements: Likes most sites, most soils, and full sun


Other Comments: Rounded shape, dense leaves, vigorous grower, suitable for CU-Structural Soil planting


Available From: Most nurseries, one of the most popular crabapples


 


* For information about the USDA Hardiness Zone Map, visit www.usna.usda.gov/Hardzone/index.html


 


These are the personal observations of the author, living in New England – Zone 5b. Len Phillips can be reached via email at lenphillips@on-line-seminars.com

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