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Crabapple, Snowdrift Malus 'Snowdrift'

Snowdrift Crabapple—Malus 'Snowdrift'

Spectacular in full 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.

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Zones 4 - 8
Zones 4 - 8

Hardiness Zones: Zones 4 - 8
The Snowdrift Crabapple can be expected to grow in the zones shown in color in the arborday.org zone map. VIEW MAP

Flowering Tree
Flowering Tree

Type of tree:
The Snowdrift Crabapple falls into the following type(s): Flowering Trees

15' - 20' High
15' - 20' High

Mature Height:
The Snowdrift Crabapple grows to be 15' - 20' feet in height.

15' - 20' Spread
15' - 20' Spread

Mature Spread:
The Snowdrift Crabapple has a spread of about 15' - 20' at full maturity.

Medium Growth
Medium Growth

Growth Rate:
This tree grows at a medium growth rate. [More about this.]

Full Sun
Full Sun

Sun:
This crabapple does well in full sun.

Various Soils
Various Soils

Soil:
The Snowdrift Crabapple grows in acidic, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam, well drained, wide range, clay soils.

Rounded Shape
Rounded Shape

Shape:
This crabapple has rounded shape.

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More Info

Attributes:
The Snowdrift crab has an upright, spreading, rounded, dense crown, and can be grown as a multi-stemmed or single trunk tree. This tree prefers a sunny location with moist, acidic, well drained soil, but can tolerate mildly alkaline, occasionally wet or dry, and clay soils. It's a beautiful but hardy and vigorously growing tree with visual impact during all four seasons. Our Snowdrift Crabapple trees are budded onto seedlings.

Description:
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.

Wildlife Value:
Fruits attract birds and persist on the tree through winter.

Leaves:
Glossy dark green turning yellow in autumn.

Flower Color:
Spectacular in full flower in the spring, the Snowdrift crabapple's pink buds turn into a profusion of snowy white blossoms in April or May.

Fruit Description:
3/8" -1/2" round, orange-red fruits

Crabapples are self-fertile, which means they depend on insects such as bees to transfer pollen between flowers on the same tree, though they do not require another tree of the same kind to produce crabapples.

Did you know that crabapples will also pollinate apple trees? However, because bees tend to stay within the same flower color when foraging apple blossoms, try and match the flower color of the crabapple to the apple variety.