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Profusion Flowering Crabapple - Help!

Posted by bellily 6 (My Page) on
Sat, Sep 4, 10 at 0:14

Hi,
I was interested in getting a Profusion Flowering Crab. Malus x Profusion. Can anyone give some input (I live in zone 6):
1) The tag states size is 12-15' Tall by 8-10' Wide. Is this the correct size? I read on the internet that the width can really be 15-20' wide.
2) Based on the info above, how big do the roots get? Do these trees have soft roots? I want to plant near a sidewalk (did have a wimpy Bradford Pear that fell down in windstorm).
3) If the birds don't get all the fruits, do they fall off the tree? And make a mess on the ground?

Thanks for your help! Chris


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RE: Profusion Flowering Crabapple - Help!

1) Depends on growing conditions. Tag sizes are average. Good stock will get larger.
2) Depends on growing conditions. Maybe half again the crown spread. They are pretty good around pavement.
3) Yes. Yes.

Dan


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RE: Profusion Flowering Crabapple - Help!

in my z5 ... the fruit hangs on thru late winter .... and then the desperate birds eat a vast majority of them ...

ken


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RE: Profusion Flowering Crabapple - Help!

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Sat, Sep 4, 10 at 13:35

Not the most disease-resistant crabapple, you might want to try another instead. Except for narrower forms, such as fastigiate cultivars and a small number of naturally erect-growing species many kinds of trees often produce spreading specimens as wider or wider than tall when grown in the open, without crowding by other trees close by. Most kinds of crabapples, including 'Profusion' produce a spreading, even arching crown in time.


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RE: Profusion Flowering Crabapple - Help!

Thanks everyone for posting.

Is this tree available in a no fruit variety? Home Depot sells these trees with the same name (Malus x Profusion) with two different tags - one has flowers and fruit and one only has flowers. The tags are from the same nursery. I also called a local nursery and they verified the ones they sell do not have fruit! Does this make sense?
Thanks again for your help. Chris


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RE: Profusion Flowering Crabapple - Help!

Does this make sense?

They are lying to you. Malus genus is monoecious.

Dan


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RE: Profusion Flowering Crabapple - Help!

Agreed. Perhaps whomever answered the phone was thinking in terms of edible fruit vs. ornamental fruit or persistant fruiting. The only sterile crab I know of is Spring Snow.


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RE: Profusion Flowering Crabapple - Help!

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Sun, Sep 5, 10 at 20:43

HD is not the place to go for reliable and consistent labeling of trees and shrubs.


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RE: Profusion Flowering Crabapple - Help!

Thanks everyone for the help. I will pass on this tree. I was under the assumption that this would get fruit, but wanted to verify. I may try the Spring Snow or Redbud.

Thanks again for your input. For a beginner, this board is a great resource as tags and even nurseries can't always be relied on. Chris


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RE: Profusion Flowering Crabapple - Help!

  • Posted by bboy USDA 8 Sunset 5 WA (My Page) on
    Mon, Sep 6, 10 at 22:34

HD is not a nursery.


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