driveway and let it grow. It became very large over the course of 30some years. Each winter we enjoyed the time when, one day on their migration, a large flock of cedar waxwings would descend on the tree. It was a noisy couple of hours as this rowdy bunch of birds proceeded to strip every single crabapple off the tree. Then they were suddenly gone, their stomachs full, and were winging their way to their next feeding stop. Happy Gardening!
include ‘Snowdrift,’ ‘Indian Magic,’ ‘Profusion,’ ‘Adirondack,’ Harvest Gold, ‘Prairifire’ and ‘Ormiston Roy.’ Birds don’t like the fruit of ‘Adams,’ ‘Donald Wyman’ and Red Jewel. Remember that many flowering crabapples can get quite large ~ up to 30 feet tall ~ so consider the mature size of your tree when planting it in the landscape. When we bought our house outside of Bethlehem in Caroline County many years ago, there were a couple of native crabapple trees in the yard. I think that the previous owner had gotten them from the Maryland Wildlife Service in one of their free tree seedling giveaways. I transplanted one to the side of the
Marc Teffeau retired as Director of Research and Regulatory Affairs at the American Nursery and Landscape Association in Washington, D.C. He now lives in Georgia with his wife, Linda.
Tidewater Times June 2018