Growing the Weeping Crabapple for Beginners
The Weeping Crabapple is a large tree, one that can grow to 15 feet tall on average although some species can grow as tall as 50 feet high. If you want a beautiful tree that would accent your property, this is a great choice, but when planting, you need to provide a minimum of 15 feet in between. This tree also grows well in numerous zones to include 3a and 3b, 4a and 4b, 5a and 5b, 6a and 6b, and finally 7a and 7b.
When planting a Weeping Crabapple, it is important that it be in a location where it would have full sun exposure. Once the tree reaches maturity, it produces crab fruit and it is a natural attractant to butterflies, birds, and bees. The propagation methods are also varied to include grafting, budding, and softwood cutting.
The Weeping Crabapple is considered an ornamental tree, which comes in various sizes, shapes, colored flowers, and even ornamental fruit, known as crabapples. Interestingly, more than 35 species of this tree existed, as well as 700 plus cultivated varieties. Because of the beauty and unique look of this tree, it has long been a favorite choice when landscaping homes.
The Weeping Crabapple produces blossoms with five petals that feature between 15 and 20 stamens directly in the middle. Usually, this type of tree will start to bloom just before the leaves unfold, which are eventually joined by new foliage. For the blossoms, these are most often pink or red but once they open, the color turns to a lighter shade of the original color. Once the flowers appear, they easily last for several weeks.
While the flowers are reason enough to consider a Weeping Crabapple, the ornamental fruit is without doubt the biggest attraction. Although crabapples are not edible to humans, these fruits are beautiful, brightly colored, and during the cold winter months birds feed off them. These trees are planted throughout the United States and because they do so well in cold weather, they provide options to people that might not otherwise be able to grow a tree with blooms or ornamental fruits.
To grow a healthy Weeping Crabapple tree, it is important that the soil be fertile and mixed with organic matter. Typically, the first year the tree has been planted, it would need additional fertilizer, and a good rule to follow is that you need to use three pounds of nitrogen for every 1,000 square feet of root zone.
The Weeping Crabapple tree would also need to be pruned although not much. The shoots on the branches grow quickly, which are known as water sprouts. If the shoots come from the tree’s base, they are suckers, which can be damaged, diseased, or even dead. Therefore, all suckers need to be cut off. Then, if the tree is thick, the center should be pruned once a year to allow more sunlight and ventilation. The best time of year to prune the Weeping Crabapple is before the month of June in that flower buds start appearing by mid-June.
Finally, while the Weeping Crabapple tree is young, it needs to be watered regularly, usually two to six inches of water each time. However, once the tree has established itself, it would need very little watering. In fact, the only time you would really need to worry about a mature Weeping Crabapple tree being water would be during drought scenarios.