Are flowering crabapple trees messy?
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Similarly, are crab apple trees messy?
Crab apple trees (malus species) are closely related to apple trees, but with smaller, edible fruits. Many homeowners remember crab apple trees as messy and would never consider planting one in the landscape. Ornamental or flowering crabapples are small to medium trees ideal for urban lots.
One may also ask, are dogwood trees messy? Other messy/smelly trees include the Kousa dogwood, which makes pretty red fruit that turns to slime underfoot, any maple tree (“Nothing wrong with maples," says Kocher, “but they they shed a lot of small leaves that can clog gutters and have you raking ten times a season”), mulberries (messy fruit), cotton woods (
Similarly, how fast do flowering crabapple trees grow?
It depends. Some crab apple trees grow faster than others. Ornamental varieties like Purple Prince (purple foliage) and Red Jewel are considered faster growing than others. Generally speaking, you can expect one of these trees to grow one-to-two feet per year.
Do all crabapple trees produce crabapples?
Most people choose crabapples for their smaller size and for the pretty white or pink flowers that they produce in spring. Of secondary consideration is the fruit on a crabapple tree, but most will produce them. By definition, a crabapple is two inches (5 cm.) or less in dimeter, while anything larger is just an apple.