Give Your Garden Bright Spring Color
Crazy for crabapples
Robins and lilacs get credit as "first signs of spring," but for a lot of Midwesterners, crabapple blooms capture the essence of the season.
They're hard to miss. These hardy, 10- to 25-foot trees offer a season-spanning show. Come spring, clusters of delicate pink or red blooms open to fragrant sprays of white or pink petals. Crabapples provide shade during the summer, and their clusters of bright yellow, orange or red fruits can last through winter (if you pick a newer variety).