Native to: North America, Europe and Asia Crown: Moderately vase-shaped Height: 20 feet Width: 12 feet Growth Rate: Slow
Characteristics: Foliage is dark green with a reddish tinge. It has dark red blooms and glossy red fruit that is edible and attract birds.
Negative Features: Small fruit can be messy. It is susceptible to apple scab. Crabapples as a group are similar to Cherries.
Uses: Good for underneath wires, cul-de-sacs 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: Red Baron has good narrow form for tight situations. Crabapples grow best when cultivated. They do not 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 Crabapple trees in good condition. A regular care program needs to be established and followed for insect and disease control. This tree has good fall color.