Isanti Soil & Water Conservation District

Crab: Pink Spire Flowering Crab

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The Pink Spire Flowering Crab is smothered in stunning clusters of fragrant pink flowers with lavender overtones along the branches in mid-spring, which emerge from distinctive ruby-red flower buds before the leaves. It has an attractive coppery-bronze-tipped dark green foilage which emerges brick red in spring. The pointy leaves are highly ornamental and turn yellow in the fall. The fruits are showy red pomes carried in abundance from early fall to late winter.

Pink Spires Flowering Crab will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12ft. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under powerlines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live 50 years or more.

The tree should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to be grown in average to moist conditions, and should not be allowed to dry out. It is not particular to as to a soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular varitey is an interspecific hybrid.