[NAFEX] nafex Digest, Vol 60, Issue 3
akmanty at sbcglobal.net
Fri Jan 4 18:14:49 EST 2008
The crabs you mention, how are they for disease resistance, esp. scab
and fireblight? Indian Magic in particular.
Saw Mary Potter listed on mckaynursery.com in WI.
At 08:34 PM 1/2/2008, you wrote:
>Most crabs drop their fruit as they ripen in late summer or early fall.
>Although some of these have excellent fruit for jelly or fresh eating, they
>are not much good for wildlife since they fall and rot quickly. Dolgo, for
>example, will not hang on the tree. Malus fusca (Oregon Crab) would not be
>hardy in New England. The best wildlife crabapples are those with fruit
>that hangs on for weeks or months. These so-called persistent fruited crabs
>are often extremely beautiful well into winter. A good place to view
>specimens is at the Arnold Arboretum in Boston. Some of these are available
>through Fedco. Some are available through various other catalogs as well.
>Here are a few of my favorite persistent crabs that are not too hard to
>Donald Wyman- The best of all persistent crabs. A large open spreading tree
>20 ft high x 30 ft accross. Beautiful white bloom. Masses of cherry-sized
>fruit that hangs until spring when the birds will strip it.
>Sargent- The best of the small persistent crabs. The most beautiful
>specimen I know is at Mt. Auburn Cemetery in Cambridge Mass. It's only 8
>feet tall but 35 feet across and pretzel-shaped. White bloom, masses of
>cherry-sized fruit that hangs into winter. Will be eaten sooner than DW.
>Indian Magic- Medium-sized tree with pink flowers. Found in Many catalogs.
>Mary Potter- Rare. Large though not as large as Donald Wyman. (about 15 x
>30) Unusual apricot colored bloom. Fruit is smaller.
>Red Jade- Weeping crab. Will grow to be roughly 18 x 18. Will weep to the
>ground. You can set up a table and chairs under the canopy. Blooms white.
>Red fruit smaller than a cherry. Persists into winter but not all the way to
>spring. Birds will devour the fruit once it freezes a few times.
>Golden Hornet- Medium-sized tree with masses of brilliant yellow
>cherry-sized fruit. If you like yellow, this one is a good choice. I'm
>sure how long the fruit persists.
>Adams - Deep pink blooms with a slight purple cast, though not garish.
>Small-medium sized tree. Foliage has a reddish cast. Red fruit. Generally
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