About those crabtrees that bear the colorful fruit

You admired the fruit, now meet the tree!

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Tree variety

Fruit characteristics

(all are under 1/2")


Tree Size

ht. x width


'Silver Drift'
red, persistent in winter white 20' x 20' good fall color gold/orange; good disease resistance
'Candy Mint'
red, very persistent rose buds open pink-white, scented 10' x 20' irregular shape, a Sargent selection; very good disease resistance
maroon, somewhat persistent  rosy-pink 20' x 15'  leaves emerge reddish; disease resistant
'Halliana Spontanea'
orange to red, somewhat persistent white 15' x 15' nice orange or red (sometimes purple) in fall


'Red Jewel'

red, very persistent white 18' x 12' good disease resistance


'Morning Sun'

yellow aging red-brown, persistent white 15' x 15' disease resistant


'Sugar Tyme'

candy red, prolific, persistent white, scented 20' x 15' disease resistant



 gold-green aging red-brown, persistent red buds open to white 10' x 8' somewhat disease resistant



red, very persistent  pink 20' x 20' good yellow-gold fall color; good disease resistance


'Golden Harvest'

gold, persistent  white 20' x 15' some disease resistance



bright red, very persistent pink buds open white, scented 10' x 20' irregular spreading shape; all Sargents tend to be alternate year bloomers; very good disease resistance



gold, persistent red buds open pink 12' x 18' some disease resistance


'Zumi Winter Gem'

candy red, very persistent red buds open to white, scented 20' x 20' disease resistant


'Ormiston Roy'

orange, somewhat persistent white 20' x 20' disease resistant


'Prairie Maid'

red, persistent deep pink 15' x 15' purple-ish foliage



red, very persistent pink buds open white, scented 5' x 8' irregular shape, a Sargent seedling; very good disease resistance


Praise, and a caveat:

Thanks so much for including this "police lineup" of crabapple berries, their configurations, and identification! Sometimes it is so hard to determine the variety when the berries are all you have. And by March, none of them will be there anyway, thanks to birds and deer browsing away. - B.M. -

You are so right about what happens when persistent fruit meets insistent animals! We can plant crabapples with persistent fruit for color in a dreary winter landscape, but most of the time it's gone by spring, nabbed by hungry guts from goose to robin, deer and goat.