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A wide-ranging tree that is adaptable to a diverse array of habitats, from the baking hot, dry limestone “Hill Country” of central Texas to moist floodplain margins in central Florida, while also enduring the cold winters in the northern extent of its range from Iowa to southern New England. Over time it will produce shoots from the roots, forming a colony of trunks that provide valuable cover for wildlife. The orange fruit which can range up to the size of a small plum, begin ripening in fall and are often retained on the tree after leaf drop well into December in southern latitudes. Note that this species has separate male and female plants, so to ensure fruit production multiple plants of our unsexed saplings should be sited near each other to increase the chances that both sexes will be present.

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Crabapple trees (Malus spp.) are a standout choice for hunters and land managers aiming to attract wildlife, particularly Whitetail Deer. These versatile trees bloom in spring with vibrant flowers that attract pollinators, and they produce small, apple-like fruit that ripens from late summer through fall. The fruit remains on the branches into winter, offering a reliable food source for deer and other wildlife. With their moderate growth rate and ability to thrive in a variety of soil conditions, Crabapple trees are not only visually appealing but also an effective way to enhance your property's wildlife habitat year-round.
Common Name Crabapple
Scientific Name Malus
Wildlife Value Fruit
Fruiting Time Ripens from late summer to mid-fall and often clings to the branches through winter
Size 5 Gallon Rooted Container
Height 5'
Mature Height 15' - 20'


USA Zone 4 - 8
Exposure Full Sun
Drought Tolerance Once Established Medium

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3-4', 5 Gallon Rooted Container