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.
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:
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?
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.
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?
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.