Produces a showy display of pure white flowers without the concern of fruit where it can be a problem on patios and in courtyards. Good resistance to rust and mildew. Deciduous.
Follow a regular watering schedule during the first growing season to establish a deep, extensive root system. Watering can be reduced after establishment. Feed with a general purpose fertilizer before new growth begins in spring.
Crabapples are beautiful medium sized trees for suburban homesites. Exceptional spring color in the front yard for a bold entry statement. Add to peripheral plantings to screen off neighbor houses. Fruitlessness makes this a reliable shade tree for the backyard that doesn't demand too much space. Fits nicely into formal settings as a matched pair to flank gateways or outbuildings. A row along a sweeping drive will be a springtime knockout.
Group with sizeable flowering shrubs for bold floral color using Magical Forsythia, (Forsythia x intermedia 'Kolgold'), Angel's Blush Hydrangea, (Hydranage paniculata 'Ruby'), Sensation Lilac, (Syringa vulgaris 'Sensation'), Cardinal Candy Viburnum, ( Viburnum dilatatum 'Henneke') and Blue Moon Kentucky Wisteria, (Wisteria macrostachya 'Blue Moon').
The first crabapple known to Roman gardens was Malus pumila, native to eastern Europe. It was the primary understock for the development of the modern apple. About 1600 European apple trees split their lineage, one fork becoming the crabapples after crossing with North American natives such as M. coronaria and M. angustifolia. In 1850 Siberian species was introduced to breeding for increased cold hardiness. Today many of the showiest cultivars were introduced by Charles Sargent of the Arnold Arboretum.
Reliably fruitless crabapples are difficult to find and the trees fell out of favor in home yards due to fruit litter and fireblight. Today this cultivar solves the fruit problem making it ideal for residential landscaping.