Malus 'Spring Snow'
Common Name: crabapple
Type: Tree
Family: Rosaceae
Zone: 4 to 8
Height: 20.00 to 25.00 feet
Spread: 15.00 to 20.00 feet
Bloom Time: April
Bloom Description: White
Sun: Full sun
Water: Medium
Maintenance: Low
Suggested Use: Street Tree, Flowering Tree
Flower: Showy, Fragrant
Attracts: Butterflies
Tolerate: Air Pollution

Culture

Best grown in acidic, organically rich, medium moisture, well-drained, sandy loams in full sun. Adapts to a wide range of soils. Prune as needed in late winter.

Noteworthy Characteristics

Malus is a genus of about 35 species of deciduous trees and shrubs from Europe, Asia and North America.

Genus name comes from the Greek melon.

‘Spring Snow’ is a dense, upright, white-flowered crabapple that typically matures over time to 20-25’ tall by 15-20' wide. This is a fruitless crabapple. Single, fragrant, white flowers bloom in spring (April in St. Louis). Ovate bright green leaves (to 3” long) turn yellow in fall. 'Spring Snow' was discovered growing in Parkside, Saskatchewan in 1963. U.S. Plant Patent PP02,667 was issued in 1966.

Problems

Very susceptibile to apple scab. Slight susceptibility to the other main diseases of crabapples: fire blight, cedar-apple rust, leaf spot and powdery mildew. Potential insect pests are of lesser concern and include tent caterpillars, fall webworms, aphids, Japanese beetles, borers and scale. Spider mites may occur.

Garden Uses

This crabapple may be planted as a specimen or in small groups. Excellent near patios. Street tree (no fruit drop).