Thursday, April 10, 2014

Tree Planting Payoff

Crabapple trees are a common landscape tree, and most are planted because they fit in restricted spaces, and they have showy colors from both flowers and fruit.  The fruit is more important than most of us realize.  Northward bound robins feed on these trees, and this week I saw a flock of Cedar Waxwings feasting on the colorful fruit. 

These trees can be used in urban or rural settings.  Plant them away from sidewalks so folks don't track the little apples into homes.  Expect to see robins and turtledoves nest in these trees.


Anonymous said...

Don't you make jelly from them?


David aka True Blue Sam said...

I polled three experienced homemakers, and the consensus is, "Why would you?" They are a lot of work, and they don't taste as good as other apples. Now we know.

Anonymous said...

My maternal Grandmother treasured crab apple jelly. She also "claimed" all of my quince for jelly. At least she was willing to share :)

Different strokes, eh?