Donald Wyman Crabapple
Malus 'Donald Wyman'
Description: Crabapples make a lovely and stunning addition to the home landscape, but unfortunately many of them are host to myriad diseases. However, the ‘Donald Wyman’ crabapple is highly resistant to such problems.
The flower buds, which appear in May, are initially a deep red, transitioning to pink and turning white when they are fully open. Its flowers are very showy, and the “snowstorm” that comes when the petals drop is something out of a fairy tale. The show continues into fall, as the glossy red crabapples that form persist into winter, and provide a beautiful feature.
This tree will reach an ultimate height of about 20-25’.It will grow best in a heavy loam, but again needs good drainage and slightly acid soil. Full sun produces the best flowering. Hardy to Zone 4.
- Type/habit: Tree
- Key season and features of interest: Spring – showy red to pink buds opening to white; showy, edible glossy red fruit persists into winter; yellow fall foliage
- Flowering period: April
- Evergreen or deciduous: Deciduous
- Native? No
- Pollinator plant: Attracts birds and butterflies
- Wildlife benefits: Fruits are food source for birds and mammals; shelter
- Site/Condition tolerance: Air pollution, some drought
- Sun/Shade preference: Full sun
- Soil condition preference: Loamy, acidic, well-drained soil
- Highly pest and disease resistant; low maintenance
Growth Habit: Upright, spreading, rounded form
Size (mature height and spread): 20’ tall by 25’ wide
Hardiness (USDA Zones): 4-8
Nativity: Hybrid origin
Suggested Uses: Specimen, small groups, container, bonsai, espalier
Year of award: 2001