Tree of the Week

Snowdrift Crabapple: A Faint Delight

By Sheereen Othman | January 12, 2016

Malus ‘Snowdrift’

Popular for its attractive looks and crisp fruits, the Snowdrift crabapple offers fragrant blossoms in the spring and tart crabapples in the fall. Best used for baking and other culinary uses, crabapples are a smaller counterpart to their medium size cultivar, the apple. This tree is even more appealing in urban and home landscapes because of its adaptation to compact soils.

Here are a few things to note if you’re considering adding it to your tree family.

Environmental Conditions:

  • Grows well in acidic, clay, loamy, moist, rich, sandy, silty loam and well drained soils (hardiness zones 4-8).
  • Medium growing tree, growing one to two feet a year and reaching 15-20 feet at maturity.
  • Prefers full sun, at least six hours of direct sunlight every day.
  • NOTE: This tree is fairly susceptible to disease. Do not over-fertilize, this could increase its chances of disease.

Physical Attributes:

  • Redbuds turn into white, fragrant, blossoms in the spring with glossy, deep green leaves.
  • Produces a small orange-red crabapple in the fall. It is a sell pollinator so you won’t need a second tree. NOTE: Some Crabapples are alternate bearers, blooming heavily every other year.
  • Has a well formed rounded canopy, making it an attractive landscape tree.


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  • Reply Anthony Flora August 1, 2016 at 9:28 am

    How many years does it take for the Snowdrift crabapple to start blooming? I’ve had mine over 3 years and have not seen a bloom yet.

    • Reply Kim Peacock August 1, 2016 at 3:47 pm

      Hi Anthony,
      Thanks for checking in regarding your Snowdrift crabapple. As this variety arrives from our nursery as a 2-3 foot specimen, it spends much of the first five years establishing its roots and growing. As long as your tree is healthy and growing, it just needs a bit more time. Once the tree gets to be more than 6 or 8 feet tall and has been in the ground around that 5 year mark, you should start seeing a beautiful spring show of white blooms. If you have any further questions, please give us a call at 1-888-448-7337.

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