[NAFEX] Suggestions for crabapples for birds?
waayupnorth at yahoo.com
Wed Jan 2 12:07:51 EST 2008
I have four flowering crabs in my yard. I was thinking about removing all of
them because they could support disease and insect pests that I don't want
to spread into my orchard. But back in December a sharptail grouse or
similar bird was in one of the crab trees feeding on the fruit, and again
this morning probably that same bird is feeding on that same tree.
So at least one of the flowering crabs will be spared.
----- Original Message ----
From: Prunier <prunefam1 at verizon.net>
To: nafex at lists.ibiblio.org
Sent: Tuesday, January 1, 2008 7:47:07 PM
Subject: [NAFEX] Suggestions for crabapples for birds?
Here is my first post to the list - I'm looking for recommendations for
a flowering crab that birds like in the winter. About 30 years ago I
saw crabapples trimmed into low hedges at an Air Force Base that I
visited I believe in MO. It was early winter and the robin flocks were
plucking fruit off the bushes like nobody's business. I picked a few
and they were like candy. Never got to find out what variety they
were. The fruit was a little bigger than a marble. I'll be moving to
southern VT not too high in the hills next fall (900 ft elevation) and
would like to include crabapples in the mix for the birds. Any
suggestions? Thanks, Tom Prunier (Great name for a fruit lover, Eh?)
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