Show us your UMW blooming crabapples.

Waterman, IL(Zone 5a)

I've had this little Guinevere Crab (Malus 'Guinzam') for a couple years. Her bloom this year is spectacular. All the crabs in our area are putting on a great show. Wanted to share a picture.

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Menasha, WI(Zone 5a)

I could take some but they wouldn't be mine?
My hawthorn will be open soon.

Necedah, WI(Zone 4b)

Apple trees are the best. We don't have one either, but so pretty!

Glen Ellyn, IL(Zone 5b)

This is a very old tree

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Waterman, IL(Zone 5a)

So pretty. Don't you wish it stayed flowered longer? It's a welcome site after the horrible winter we had.

Glen Ellyn, IL(Zone 5b)

The wind came and blew all the petals away.

A pink snowstorm.

Necedah, WI(Zone 4b)

gorgeous!

Kansasville, WI(Zone 5a)

Don't have a crabapple, but I do have a magnolia that I put in last year, and its bloom is winding down, but still nice.

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Waterman, IL(Zone 5a)

Patio is covered with fallen flowers. It was nice while it lasted.

Madison, WI

There is a whole block of those planted along the road divider area. Not all are doing as great, but some are stunning in spring.

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Madison, WI

My favorite are white ones.

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(GayLynn) Appleton, WI(Zone 5a)

Here's mine growing in the front yard. Don't know the name of it. I really like the white ones too Enya. Got one on my wish list.

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Menasha, WI(Zone 5a)

'Wild' hawthorns are blooming now.

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Madison, WI

Beautiful details!

Necedah, WI(Zone 4b)

Very nice pic Al!

Menasha, WI(Zone 5a)

Thank you.

Southeast, NE(Zone 5a)

Loving all these pics! Does anyone know of a small white-flowering one that does well in our climate? "Small" is the operative word! I want to put it a little too close to the house for something that will grow large.

Necedah, WI(Zone 4b)

Hi McGlory :D I know this says Illinois' Best Plants, but think it would work for your area, too. http://www.bestplants.org/query_simple.htm

Southeast, NE(Zone 5a)

Hey! Look at this one! http://www.bestplants.org/plantdetail.pl?ScientificName=Malus

Thanks, Hyb! That's a good site I'm going to have to bookmark.

Menasha, WI(Zone 5a)

I'm not up on the cultivars too well. I do know the smallest crabs are Tina's - I think they are pink flowered though.

Southeast, NE(Zone 5a)

I have a Sargent Tina (Malus sargentii 'Tina'), but she's not doing too well. I'm fighting suckers all the time.

Necedah, WI(Zone 4b)

What does 'fighting suckers' mean? are they not on their own root- like fancy roses?

Southeast, NE(Zone 5a)

Yes, they are own-root, but for some reason all my apples and crabapples get suckers. Maybe that's the nature of the genus? I don't know. Anyway, Sargent Tina meets all my requirements, short, white-flowering, etc., but she's a pain in the neck!

I wanted her to look like the link below some day. I started with a tiny tree in 2006, and in a few days I can have a sucker nearly as tall as my tiny tree. I have a homemade tube around it (too small for normal tube) to stop the suckers, but they grow in between anyway. Sigh. Maybe I'm Malus-challenged. Maybe I should just enjoy your photos and pictures of Sargent Tina like this:

http://davesgarden.com/guides/pf/showimage/181907/

Menasha, WI(Zone 5a)

It is white - I was wrong. I know I don't spray a lot of those so they must have good scab resistance.

Close up of a crab flower.

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Necedah, WI(Zone 4b)

Do you have a picture of yours McGlory?
This isn't an apple, but thought I'd share anyway. The previous owners (or the ones before them) planted 2 baby trees right next to the house- one is now a huge pine that is taller than the roof, and the other is a small plum right next to the door. The Pine we will probably end up having to take down at some point, I'm still not sure how we don't have roots all in our basement, but the plum is more manageable. I did give it a bad haircut a year back and it's started to look kinda bonsaish. You know the kind that lean like they are about to fall out of their dish. I was trying to find a way for it to lend shelter and privacy to the door, but not block the light to my lilies. My neighbor's child came up to me at the time and said that her Grandmother said I was cutting too much off :) I love the honesty of kids.
Laugh, thought I had a point when I started writing this, but guess I was just feeling chatty :D Hope you sculpt the tree you want- maybe that was where I was going?

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Waterman, IL(Zone 5a)

If you're not stuck on getting a crab tree, try a Kousa Dogwood. They are small trees, slow growing and get white flowers in mid June (here in zone 5a). They get bright red seed pods and the leaves turn a purple/red in the fall.

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Southeast, NE(Zone 5a)

You mean you're supposed to plant trees more than two feet from the house, Hyb? LOL! (Actually, even I knew that!) I could get a picture, but might be too embarrassed to post it. Poor thing is very sad. Maybe a Dogwood is a better idea. Are they easy to kill?

Necedah, WI(Zone 4b)

Post it! :D I post pictures of my garden all the time, and mine's an absolute mess.
I looked up Kousa Dogwood, Pastime, and those are pretty. I still like your Guinevere Crab the best though.

Waterman, IL(Zone 5a)

The book says that Guinevere's grow about 20'w x 20'tall, and have low growing branches. Of course it will take many years before it gets that big. I've had mine for three years. It seems to be getting wider, but not much taller. It could be an eye poker if people/kids are going to be walking/playing near it.

McGlory: My Kousa is protected from the wind in an area close to the house. I don't baby it, but late in the summer I stick a root waterer in there when it looks a little distressed. It takes a couple years for it to bloom. The blooms are more profuse every other year too. This is going to be a good year.

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