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 angustifolia
Foliage: Dark green
Fall Foliage: Orange to red
Bloom: Pink
Bloom Time: April
Shape: Round to spreading
Bark: Gray brown and furrowed
Sun: Full sun
Zone: Zone 4 to Zone 9
Size: 20 to 30 feet
Spread: 20 to 30 feet
Care: Medium, well drained soil

Native to the eastern and south central United States, the Malus Angustifolia—or Southern Crabapple—can be found in many regions ranging from Florida to Texas and from Missouri to Pennsylvania. Also belonging to the Rosaceae family, the Southern Crabapple’s foliage is dark green and deciduous, lightening to glorious shades of bronze and red in the autumn, and making way to welcome a sweet array of fragrant pink flowers in April.

Craving full sun and medium to wet well-drained soils, the Southern Crabapple has a 4-9 hardiness zone rating. It reaches a height and spread of 20-30ft. with a rounded, spreading peak. The species features a scaly reddish-brown or gray bark, with thorny branches protruding from its trunk. Found commonly in woodlands, thickets, and bottomlands, the Southern Crabapple was initially considered a weed tree but it can be very attractive as a well-maintained ornamental choice. It requires minimal pruning and is mainly propagated by grafting.

While its pale flowers are sweet-scented, the Southern Crabapple’s aromatic pear-shaped apples are sour and acidic; these fruits are best used for creating cider, jellies, and preservatives. The apples, often yellow or red in color, do attract a variety of wildlife species, including whitetail deer, grouse, pheasants, rabbits, foxes, squirrels, raccoons, bobwhite, and various small birds; the tree itself is a favorite brooding spot for quail and turkey. The Southern Crabapple is prized for its hard and heavy timber, often used for tools handles, levers, and ware.

“She had only to stand in the orchard, to put her hand on a little crab tree and look up at the apples, to make you feel the goodness of planting and tending and harvesting at last.” –Willa Cather, MyAntonia

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