The Plant Native

American Crabapple


American Crabapples are one of the most beautiful flowering native trees, putting out light-pink flowers every spring. After the flowers come the tiny apples. The apples are edible, but tiny—they are often used in jams and jellies due to their size. If cleaning up fallen apples in your yard in the fall sounds like a bummer, plant your American Crabapple away from high-traffic areas where the fallen fruit won’t bother you. If you don’t have the space, consider other flowering trees like dogwoods, redbuds, magnolias—or view our guide for great native front-yard trees!

Full Sun – Part Shade
20-30′ tall
Berries appear in the fall
Malus coronaria
Daffodils (non-native, but not invasive!) + American Crabapple is a perfect early spring duo

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Explore the history, types, and where to plant native American Crabapple

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American Crabapples thrive in a variety of conditions, making them versatile additions to your landscape. These trees love a spot with full sun exposure, providing them the energy they need to flourish. Whether in your backyard or as a striking focal point in the front yard, these trees add a burst of color and life wherever they are planted.

Absolutely gorgeous bouquets of flowers fill American Crabapple trees in the early spring

One warning about where you plant these native trees…

There is one bummer about planting American Crabapples: lots of crabapples on the ground in the fall. It can bother some to have a pile of fallen fruit that attract wildlife like deer and squirrels. If this is a concern and you have the space, plant your American Crabapple where you can enjoy its beauty but not its fall-time mess. 

Some ideas for placement that are out of the way include along driveways and edges of backyards.

American Crabapple's native range includes a wide swath of the United States and central Canada

Where is American Crabapple native?

American Crabapples are native to a wide range of the US and Canada, including the Midwest, Mid-Atlantic, and most of the South.

This native tree thrives in the Northeast as well. The champion American Crabapple (or the tallest of these species in existence) is in Vermont!

What are good pairings for American Crabapple?

There are so many fantastic native shrubs and flowers that pair beautifully with American Crabapple. Some ideas to consider include:

Heuchera 'Green-Spice' by Patrick Standish

Alum Root (Heuchera)


Mountain Laurel




Sweetbay Magnolia


Tulip Poplar



With its stunning blossoms, and ease of care, native American Crapapples are statement trees any American landscape will benefit from. Planting native trees is not just about creating a beautiful garden; it’s about nurturing a sustainable and thriving ecosystem right outside your door. They are a beautiful flowering tree for Mid-Atlantic, Midwest, Northeast, or Southern gardens. Happy planting!

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