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Snowdrift CrabappleMalus 'Snowdrift'

  • Snowdrift Crabapple - Malus 'Snowdrift'

A crabapple tree in full bloom is something to behold, and the snowdrift crabapple is no exception. Its pink buds burst into a snowy white show in mid-spring. But while spring is the tree’s standout season, it does offer visual impact year-round. Glossy, deep green summer leaves change to yellow in the fall, and orange-red fruit persists through the winter, attracting the favor of feathered friends.

Its beauty, hardiness and compact size make this crabapple a versatile choice for any landscape.


Hardiness Zones

The snowdrift crabapple can be expected to grow in Hardiness Zones 4–8. View Map

Tree Type

This is a flowering tree, typically planted for its profusion of spring flowers.

Mature Size

The snowdrift crabapple grows to a height of 15–20' and a spread of 15–20' at maturity.

Growth Speed Medium Growth Rate

This tree grows at a medium rate, with height increases of 13–24" per year.

Sun Preference

Full sun is the ideal condition for this tree, meaning it should get at least 6 hours of direct, unfiltered sunlight each day.

Soil Preference

The snowdrift crabapple grows in acidic, loamy, moist, sandy, silty loam, well-drained and clay soils.

Attributes

This tree:
  • Features glossy, dark green leaves that turn yellow in the fall.
  • Yields round, orange-red fruit that are 3/8–1/2" in diameter that attract birds.
  • Blooms in a profusion of snowy white blossoms in April or May.
  • Is self-fertile, meaning it depends on insects such as bees to transfer pollen between flowers on the same tree.
  • Can be grown as a multi-stemmed or single-trunk specimen.
  • Can be used to pollinate apple trees. (However, because bees tend to stay within the same flower color when foraging apple blossoms, try to match the flower color of the crabapple to the apple variety.)
  • Grows in a rounded shape.

Wildlife Value

The tree’s fruit persists through the winter and attracts birds.

History/Lore

Crabapple trees are actually members of the rose family, Rosaceae. As with roses, there is a never-ending desire to develop a new form and give it a fanciful name. This has resulted in approximately 800 cultivars of crabapples.