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Snowdrift CrabappleMalus 'Snowdrift'

  • Snowdrift Crabapple - Malus 'Snowdrift'
Spectacular in flower in the spring, the Snowdrift crabapple's pink buds turn into a profusion of snowy white blossoms in April or May. This is followed by the 3/8" -1/2" round, orange-red fruits that attract birds and persist on the tree throughout the winter. The Snowdrift crab has an upright, spreading, rounded, dense crown, and can be grown as a multi-stemmed or single trunk tree. The leaves are a glossy dark green turning a dull yellow in the fall. This tree prefers a sunny location with moist, acidic, well drained soil, but can tolerate mildly alkaline, occasionally wet or dry, and clay soils. Snowdrift crab is a beautiful, hardy tree with visual impact during all four seasons.

Hardiness Zones

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

Tree Type

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 six 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.