When I was in the fourth grade I lived in Maryland. Near our home the center road divider had the most magnificent crabapple trees growing. In the Spring they bloomed in profusion. In Summer they produced two inch sized green and blushed red crabapples which I loved to eat. In the Fall their leaves turned beautiful colors. In Winter their symmetrical branches held the snow.
Ever since then I wanted to grow a crabapple tree in my garden but never have; that is till now.
Much to my delight a tree I thought was a decidious holly is actually a crabapple tree and it's growing in our yard. This particular variety produces tiny almost pea sized red apples but I'm sure the birds love them.
Our tree had a couple of sucker branches at the bottom which we cut off but they wilted immediately. I guess crabapple blossoms are meant to be enjoyed on the tree and not in a vase. I think I'll search out for a pink flowering variety of a crabapple to add another tree to grow beside this one. Do you have any suggestions as to a variety I might choose? Oh, I just discovered this list of varieties compiled by the Colorado Extension Service. Looks like Prairiefire might be a good choise. Now to see if I can find one. Thanks for reading and for all your comments.