Native to: North America Crown: Upright oval Height: 18 feet Width: 15 feet Growth Rate: Vigorous
Characteristics: Foliage is crisp green with white blooms in spring. It has red fruit, about 1/2" in size and which is edible and attracts birds. This tree tolerates a variety of soil conditions and is resistant to apple scab.
Negative Features: Small fruit may be messy. This is a short-lived tree with an expected urban life span of 20 years. Crabapples as a group are similar to Cherries.
Uses: Good for underneath wires, cul-de-sacs, narrow setbacks and tight places. Good for highlights and entry features, and situations where there is little room on arterial, collector and residential streets. Best used in limited quantity. This is a good choice when a shorter tree is necessary in order not to obscure a view.
Comments: Crabapples grow best when cultivated. Do not always adapt well to Beaverton's heavy clay soil. This makes them prone to insect and disease problems. Well-drained soil, as well as regular pruning and fertilization, is needed to maintain trees in a good condition. A regular care program needs to be established and followed for insect and disease control. Crabapples grow best when cultivated. Prune before early June.