Native to: North America Crown: Rounded Height: 15 feet Width: 15 feet Growth Rate: Moderate
Characteristics: Spring flowers are single, purple to crimson, and leaves are glossy red-purple. This tree does not fruit heavily, but the fruit is edible and attractive to birds. The fruit is a dark red color about 5/8-3/4" in diameter. It is cold hardy, and tolerates a variety of soil conditions.
Negative Features: Susceptible to apple scab. 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 highlight, 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: Royalty 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. Prune before early June. This is a good substitute for Profusion Crabapple.