|Crabapple in full bloom|
Grow a crabapple tree for wildlife and for beauty. This tree is eye appealing in spring when flowers will cover every inch of the branches. The spring blooms attract orioles and warblers, these birds enjoy the nectar that is found in the flowers.
In late summer the tree will bear fruit, the fruit is small only two inches in diameter and the appearance is much like a normal apple. The fruit has a bitter taste however it is edible and you can make a crabapple jelly.
I prefer to grow the tree for wildlife forage. Mockingbirds, bluebirds, robins and waxwings eat the crabapples. Another way to feed wildlife is from the insects that are attracted to the fruit. These insects provide forage for birds and bats. The small apple shaped fruit will stay on the tree throughout the winter season.This fruit is forage for deer, possums and raccoons.