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The versatile crabapple can be grown for its beautiful blossom, fruit, to assist pollination of fruit trees, and for its beauty in the garden.

Crabapples are often included in commercial orchards to assist in cross pollination. With smaller fruit and a generally smaller growth habit they can be included in an orchard layout utilising a minimum of space while not being mistaken for the intended crop at harvest.

Crabapples also flower on 1 year old wood which means they can be cut back reasonably hard each year and still produce plenty of flowers.

The inclusion of a couple of crabapples in domestic and small farm orchards will assist effective cross pollination while adding considerably to the aesthetics, not to mention the opportunity to make crab apple jelly or add crabapples to cider blends for extra depth and complexity.

The table comes from the NSW DPI Agnote 4-77, Crabapples as pollinators, click HERE to access the note (25/3/20)

A major reference for crabapple varieties is:

Fiala Fr. John L. (1994) Flowering Crabapples The Genus Malus. Portland, Oregon: Timber Press.

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  • Bechtel Crab Crabapple (Malus ioensis 'Plena')

    Bechtel Crab Crabapple (Malus ioensis 'Plena')

    The Bechtel Crab was discovered in Staunton Illinois by E. A. Bechtel and introduced into gardens between 1840 and 1850. It is one of the most beautiful crabapples when flowering with stunning double pink, fragrant blooms. It flowers later in the season...

  • Chinese Crabapple (Malus spectabilis)

    Chinese Crabapple (Malus spectabilis)

    M. spectabilisIntroduced before 1780 from China, it is one of the oldest and most admired of the crabs. While considered a true species it has never been found in the wild. Deep rose-red buds opening to 40 to 50 mm pale pink flowers. Yellow 20mm diameter...

  • Cut-leaf Crabapple (Malus toringoides) Cut-leaf Crabapple (Malus toringoides)

    Cut-leaf Crabapple (Malus toringoides)

    The Cutleaf Crabapple (Malus toringoides) grows to around 8m. One of the last crabapples to bloom in spring with small pure white flowers. The apricot-yellow fruit have a rosy pink cheek on the sunny side and are considered among the showiest of all...

  • Eleyi Crabapple (Malus x purpurea ‘Eleyi’) Eleyi Crabapple (Malus x purpurea ‘Eleyi’)

    Eleyi Crabapple (Malus x purpurea ‘Eleyi’)

    M. x purpurea ‘Eleyi’Raised and named Prior to 1920 for Charles Eley, East Bergholt, Suffolk, England. An attactive variety with deep red buds followed by fragrant, violet-pink flowers and purple foliage. Purplish-red fruits will stay on...

  • Golden Hornet Crabapple (Malus 'Golden Hornet')

    Golden Hornet Crabapple (Malus 'Golden Hornet')

    Upright growing crabapple with pink buds and single white flowers followed by attractive yellow fruit on weeping branches. Green foliage becomes attractive golden yellow in autumn. • Pollination Group: assists pollination of apples • Uses:...

  • Jack Humm Crabapple (Malus 'Jack Humm') Jack Humm Crabapple (Malus 'Jack Humm')

    Jack Humm Crabapple (Malus 'Jack Humm')

    Malus 'Jack Humm' is among the best crabapples for its bright red–crimson fruit. Flowers are single white and cover the tree early spring. Fruit is larger in size and makes good eating, jelly or preserves images

  • Japanese Flowering Crabapple (Malus floribunda)

    Japanese Flowering Crabapple (Malus floribunda)

    M. floribundaProbably originated in Japan, imported to the West about 1862. Its seedlings show considerable variation and it has produced many outstanding hybrids. Small, spreading tree, deep pink to red buds, single, white flowers. Fruit yellow or red...

  • Julia's Blush Crabapple (Malus 'Julia's Blush')

    Julia's Blush Crabapple (Malus 'Julia's Blush')

    A small ornamental tree with an open spreading habit, Julia's Blush has abundant single deep pink flowers in mid Spring. New foliage has purplish-green tips, maturing to bronze green leaves. Produces large red fruit with a pink flesh. Suitable for crab...

  • Lebanese Wild Apple Crabapple (Malus trilobata) Lebanese Wild Apple Crabapple (Malus trilobata) Lebanese Wild Apple Crabapple (Malus trilobata)

    Lebanese Wild Apple Crabapple (Malus trilobata)

    Also called the Three-Lobed Apple Tree, M. trilobata is upright and narrow to 4 m tall with attractive flowers and foliage. It can be grown in confined spaces and makes an interesting avenue when planted on either side of a path or driveway as seen...

  • Parkmanii Crabapple (Malus halliana ‘Parkmanii') Parkmanii Crabapple (Malus halliana ‘Parkmanii') Parkmanii Crabapple (Malus halliana ‘Parkmanii')

    Parkmanii Crabapple (Malus halliana ‘Parkmanii')

    Malus halliana ‘Parkmanii' was instroduced to the USA in 1861 from cultivated plants in Japan and named in 1863. One of the most compact crabapple species. Rose coloured buds hang in clumps on long deep crimson pedicels before opening to shell pink...

  • Purple Crabapple (Malus x purpurea)

    Purple Crabapple (Malus x purpurea)

    Malus x purpurea bears masses of purple-pink flowers following pinkish-red buds in spring and are followed by dark red crabapples that look like cherries. Young foliage has a purple tinge maturing to a deep green later in spring. It...

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