[NAFEX] Suggestions for crabapples for birds?

Donna &/or Kieran holycow at cookeville.com
Thu Jan 3 09:57:01 EST 2008

Thanks John for all the info.  Presumably those you listed will be hardy in 
Vermont as well as Maine?  I used to go pick Dolgos off the ground under 2 
trees at TN Tech, they are ripe in hot weather.   Unfortunately those trees 
have been bulldozed for a new bldg.  The trees are disease resistant and the 
fruit large enough to be useful for making apple butter, but for feeding 
birds in winter, no.   They did keep their leaves all summer, unlike the 
"rosybloom" types that afflict so much of Tech's landscape.
    There is a cemetary in town that has a pair of crabapples at each 
entrance, these are beautiful trees.  In autumn,  they  droop with lovely 
yellowish fruit which eventually freezes and develops a translucent orange 
appearance.  They hang on all winter, sort of sparkling in the sun.  We pass 
them every week, always remarking on them.  They are so lovely, I can't help 
but feel it ought not to be possible in this place which is so inhospitable 
to apples.  I don't see birds in them, so I don't know if they are popular 
or not.  There is so much fruit on them, it could be going gradually and I 
wouldn't know it.  Donna 

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