At Native Forest Nursery we grow bare root seedlings and #3 container trees. Our container trees are grown in a #3 air pruned pot. This root making container eliminates nearly all potential for root wrapping. This allows for an excellent root structure and delivers an extremely healthy tree. The bare root seedlings at our nursery are grown in a sandy loam soil with high organic matter content, which provides an extremely healthy environment for our seedlings. Our bare root liners and seedlings are hand lifted, packaged, and kept in cold storage until you are ready to plant. Conservation uses for our products include reclamation, mitigation, reforestation, restoration, wildlife habitat improvement and wetland uses. Horticultural uses for our products include field liners, container liners, landscape plantings, budding stock, grafting stock and ornamental uses.

Family: Rosaceae
Latin Name: Malus baccata
Foliage: Dark green
Fall Foliage: Yellow
Bloom: White
Bloom Time: April
Shape: Round to spreading
Bark: Gray brown and furrowed
Sun: Full sun
Zone: Zone 2 to Zone 7
Size: 15 to 25 feet
Spread: 15 to 25 feet
Care: Medium, well drained soil

Among its botanical family, the Siberian Crabapple is regarded as one of the tallest and most resilient in the face of colder temperatures, drought, salt spray, and pests; however, it is susceptible to diseases that impact its longevity. Of a round and expansive shape, reaching average heights of 15-25 ft. with a respective spread, the deciduous Siberian Crabapple thrives best in conditions that offer full sun and medium to wet, well-drained soils. It has a flexible hardiness range of 2-7. Like other species of crabapples, the Siberian Crabapple can be identified by a bark that is typically gray-brown in color and furrowed in texture. In April, the tree’s full ornamental beauty is revealed in the abundant blossoming of its aromatic white flowers.

In the autumn, the Siberian Crabapple’s thick dark-green foliage transitions into a rich yellow hue before the leaves are shed, and it is adorned with vibrant apples. These tart-tasting apples are usually colored yellow with a vivid reddish blush or blue bloom, and may be as small as peas (resembling cherries from a distance), although some varieties of the species (such as the “Yellow Siberian” and “Red Siberian”) have larger fruits which can be enjoyed fresh or dried.

The Siberian Crabapple, as its name may imply, is native to the mixed forests of Russia, as well as to those of Mongolia, Korea, India, China, and Nepal; it has been since introduced throughout Europe and North America. In the United States, this species is most commonly found in the woods surrounding the Great Lakes and along the Northeast. Scientifically it has been classified Malus Baccata and belongs to the Rosaceae family; it is also known as the “Manchurian Crabapple” and “Chinese Crabapple”. While the wilder versions of this tree grow a few varieties of wild apples, the Siberian Crabapple is also planted for rootstock and as an ornamental tree in gardens, farms, arboreta, and home landscapes.

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