From the landscape, the leaves of flowering crabapple trees make ideal privacy screens and provide almost year-round interest. In spring, crabapple trees draw attention with their showy blossoms. In fall or summer, they produce small eye-catching fruit in a variety of colours, including red, pink and yellow. In autumn, most varieties have leaves that change color.
The shapes of flowering crabapple leaves are ovate, oval, elliptical or a combo of two of these 3 types, like elliptical-ovate. Ovate means they are egg-shaped with a wide round base that tapers to a point at the very top. In elliptical shapes, the leaves are more than they are wide and have blunt or rounded ends. Oval leaves are a wide, elliptical shape that is round at the base and tip.
Dark Green Leaves, Golden in Fall
A number of flowering crabapple trees bear dark green leaves that turn golden in autumn, including “Hopa,” with red or pink flowers, “Klehm’s Improved Bechtel,” with pink blossoms. Their blossoms offer a sweet scent as well as their leaves are ovate and they thrive to U.S. Department of Agriculture plant hardiness zone 9. Another variety, “Red Jade,” displays white blossoms, has oval leaves and grows in USDA zones 5 through 8.
Medium Green, Golden in Fall
Distinct flowering crabapple trees grow medium-green leaves that turn gold in autumn. Growing in USDA hardiness zones 5 through 8, “Arnoldiana” includes ovate leaves and also begets fragrant white, pink or crimson flowers. “Dolgo” includes ovate medium red or green leaves and is among the best varieties for creating crabapple jelly. It has white flowers and grows in USDA hardiness zones 4 through 8.
“Red Silver” flowering crabapple tree has ovate-shaped leaves in purple, bronze, red or silver-grey and produces red flowers. “Aldenhamensis” has leaves within an elliptical-ovate shape that turn bronze in autumn and produces fragrant purple or crimson flowers. Both rise in USDA hardiness zones 5 through 9. “Profusion” also has elliptical-ovate leaves in purple or medium green. It bears fragrant white, pink or crimson flowers and grows in USDA hardiness zones 4 through 8.
The carmine crabapple (M. x atrosanguinea) is among the few crabapple trees that features glossy leaves. The foliage is medium-green or purple in colour, ovate-shaped and turns golden in autumn. It’s red or pink blossoms and grows in USDA hardiness zones 4 through 8.