An upright, spreading ornamental tree. Egg-shaped leaves are green with a reddish tint and turn maroon in fall. Fragrant, double, rose-pink flowers in spring mature to large green fruit in late summer. Fall color is as good a show as the flowers are in spring. Best planted in large open areas where fruit drop doesn't matter. Perfect for farm or ranch properties. VERY HARDY & EASY TO GROW!
Hardy to -30°F, Maximum Elevation: 8,000 ft.
A 6-inch diameter pot with drainage holes is sufficient for growing the crabapple seeds. Fill the pot up to 3/4 inch from the top with moist seed-starting mix and tamp it down so it's firm in the container. After evenly spreading the seeds on the soil surface, cover them with a 1/2-inch layer of seed-starting mix. Lightly tamp down the soil and moisten it with a water-filled spray bottle. To promote soil moisture retention, stretch plastic wrap over the pot and periodically spray the soil with water. After germination sets in, remove the plastic wrap and place the pot near a sunny window. When the seedlings are large enough to handle, transplant them to the upper compartment of the urn after the last frost date in your area. Outside, the crabapple seedlings require an area that has well-drained soil and about eight to 12 hours of direct sunlight exposure.
Enchanting spring flowers: Fragrant, rose-colored double blossoms cover the branches in April and May. Summer foliage: Summer's green leaves are tipped with brick red color, adding captivating contrast. Stunning fall show: Foliage turns reddish-orange and deep purple creating show-stopping value as the weather cools. Delightful crabapples: Appearing as early as late summer, these chartreuse-red crabapples are mesmerizing next to the warm leaves. Dazzling dormant winter interest: Silvery twigs create sculptural interest in the coldest months.
The Malus Brandywine Flowering Crabapple tree will perform best if you plant it in well-drained soil in a spot that receives full sun. As soon as you plant your tree, saturate it with water. If you live in a hot or dry area, water your Brandywine twice a week until it is established. Other climates can water once a week, achieving 1 inch of water each week. Once established, only water as needed during long periods of drought. Add a 10-10-10 fertilizer in early spring each year if desired. No pruning is needed, but if done, choose winter or dry summer weather, to avoid the risk of disease. Some pests or diseases are possible, but they rarely cause serious problems, and this tree needs very little attention to be a centerpiece in your garden.
You can plant the Malus Brandywine Flowering Crabapple tree most any time the soil is workable. Bare-root trees need to be planted in early spring but balled and bur lapped or container-grown trees can be planted in spring, summer, or fall.
Grow the Brandywine Crabapple Tree anywhere from zone 4 to zone 8 and even in zone 9. It thrives in any moist garden soil, and established trees have some drought resistance too. Avoid very wet places, and very alkaline soil.