Growing a Coralburst Crabapple Tree

By Ted Rollins , last updated April 13, 2011

The Crabapple Coralburst Tree is a member of the Rosacaea genus that grows up to eight feet tall at maturity. The tree bears group of pink flowers in spring as well as dark green foliage throughout the year. Of course, the Coralburst also makes its namesake, the crabapple fruit, which grows in a strong bronze color. The Coralburst is best equipped to grow in USDA Hardiness Zones 4-8. In order to establish the Crabapple Coralburst in your garden, it will take a bit of time and effort on your part.

The Coralburst needs to be planted in a very sunny location with proper drainage and good soil. Purchase a soil kit to find out the pH of the soil in the area where you want to plant; the Coralburst will thrive in the 5.5 to 7.5 pH range. If your soil is below that range, add lots of lime to the soil to get the pH levels up; if your soil is above 7.5 pH, mix in peat moss to get it down. Once you’ve got the pH in the proper range, dig a hole in which to plant your tree up to the depth of the container of your plant. Expand the hole twice as wide as the container. Carefully take the Coralburst out of its container and set it gently in the middle of the planting hole. Fill the hole back up with the soil you removed, eliminating any weeds or clumps you find. Water the tree immediately after planting, using a hose so that you can get deep below the surface of the soil. After this initial watering, you’ll really only need to water the tree in periods of drought or when it's especially dry out. Mulch a few inches around the tree, which will help keep the water in and lower the chance of pesky weeks showing up. Keep an eye out for any disease, and your Coralburst should thrive!

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