Pink Spires Crabapple: Plant Profile and Growing Tips

Pink Spires Crabapple, Tree and Fruit

Pink Spires reaches 12 to 15 feet. It’s a Columnar Fruit Tree that grows very narrow and upright, making it an awesome addition to a patio or confined yard space. Spring Flowers are rosy pink and appear earlier than most varieties. Purplish red fruit is ripe by early September into October. The foliage is perhaps the reason this cultivar is so popular in the spring it has Leaves have a purple tinge that offsets the rosy pink blooms. The fruit is very small, sometimes berry sized and will hang on the tree into midwinter if left unharvested. Edible fresh but doesn’t taste very good, best used for preserving.

Related: Yummy Pickled Crab Apple Recipe

Aesthetically appealing bronze-tipped forest green foliage which morphs to a brick come spring and turn yellow in fall. The fruit drops readily and can become a messy nuisance if cleaned up regularly.

Hardy in zones 4 to 7 
Cold hardy down to -300 F
Mature Height 20-25 ft. 
Mature Spread 12-15 ft.
Soil Type Well drained
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Growth Rate Moderate

BloomTime April / May 
Bloom Color Pink to Lavender
Fruiting Time 2 – 3 years
Fruit Color: Red – RedBrown
Fruit ripens September / October lingers till early winter
Fruit Size Tiny – less than 1 ” round
Fruit Taste Bitter fresh, useful for preserves and ornamental purposes
Fruit Yield is above average 
Disease Resistance mildew, cedar rust. Moderate Resistance to scab and fireblight.