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Crabapple Tree
Cherries may be the most famous spring-blooming trees in New York City, but in Central Park crabapples merit equal billing, especially in Conservatory Garden, where two "allees" of the frothy pink-blossomed tree create a dreamy, ethereal spectacle. Crabapples may be native or imported, and bloom in a range of colors, from white, to pink, peach, blush, yellow, and even deep burgundy. In fall, some crabapple fruit turn bright red, decorating the trees in what appear to be an abundance of small Christmas trinkets. The fruit tend to be very sour, but high in pectin, making them useful in jelly making. They are also appreciated as a food source by many birds.

Common Name: Crabapple

Scientific Name: Malus floribunda

Origin: Eurasia

Family: Rosaceae

Size: 10 - 25' tall, 10 - 25' wide

Form: Symmetrical

Culture: Thrives in full sun; prefers clay, sand, loam, acidic, alkaline, well-drained, and occasionally wet soil


Simple, alternate arrangement; depending on species leaf edges can be serrate (saw-like), serrulate (smaller saw-like), or crenate (scalloped); oval-shaped


Red, pink, white/cream/gray


Up to 1", round


Brown-reddish twig