|Ormiston Roy Crabapple|
Family Rosaceae - Rose Family
Beware the garden center websites that use the wrong pictures for many of their varieties!
These pictures speak for themselves. This 25-year-old specimen at the Morton Arboretum red buds opening to white blossoms (sorry I missed the best his time) and dark green foliage. I think the stature of this specimen belies the "20-25 foot" mature height given by most websites. However, I cannot attest the growing conditions at this site meet the optimum. The Morton gives the following stats:
Crabapples vary greatly in their shape and size. The mature size of the plant should be considered in your selection. The size of the landscape and the surrounding structures will dictate the plant size for a given space. There are several basic forms to consider: shrub (up to 15ft. tall) columnar (tall and narrow) horizontal ( layered branches, usually wider than tall) oval (taller than wide) upright (25’-30’ tall) rounded or spreading (usually somewhat wider than tall) weeping (little variation within the desirable cultivars, all grow to about 15ft.)
1. Morton Arboretum, Crabapple: A Tree For All Seasons
2. Ormiston Roy Crabapple, Morton Arboretum acc. 98-84*1 photos © Bruce Marlin
3. Morton Arboretum, Crabapples for the Home Landscape
4. Morton Arboretum, 'Ormiston Roy Crabapple'
Excerpts from Morton Arboretum articles used with permission
Family Rosaceae - Rose Family; Fruit Trees
Containing Hawthorns, Apples, Pears, Cherries, Plums, Peach, Almond, Mountain-Ash and Whitebeam. Rosaceae is a large family of plants with about 3,000 species in ~100 genera. Crabapple and other fruit trees provide some of our most outstanding flowering ornamentals, as well as food for birds and other wildlife.
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