logo
g Text Version
Beauty & Self
Books & Music
Career
Computers
Education
Family
Food & Wine
Health & Fitness
Hobbies & Crafts
Home & Garden
Money
News & Politics
Relationships
Religion & Spirituality
Sports
Travel & Culture
TV & Movies

dailyclick
Bored? Games!
Nutrition
Postcards
Take a Quiz
Rate My Photo

new
Action Movies
Bible Basics
Houseplants
Romance Movies
Creativity
Family Travel
Southwest USA


dailyclick
All times in EST

Full Schedule
g
g Landscaping Site

BellaOnline's Landscaping Editor

g

Prairie and Prairie Spy Crab Apples


When it comes time to choose a flowering crab, consider the native prairie crab and the Prairie Spy crab. These fruits are excellent for culinary purposes.

Prairie Crab (Malus ioensis)

Also called Iowa crab, wild sweet crab, and American crab, this is native to the central U.S. A very handsome tree, it is native from Michigan and Indiana to Minnesota and Oklahoma to Missouri and Kansas. Its range extends southward to Texas and Louisiana. It is also cultivated as well. It grows in prairies, thickets, woodland openings, pastures, and bottomlands.

This tree does particularly well in neutral and acid soil. It shows some susceptibility to fire blight. It is highly susceptible to apple scab and cedar-apple rust. However, disease resistant cultivars are available.

Reaching about 20 to 30 feet tall, it is recommended for zones two through nine. This is a beautiful, strong growing, wide-limbed, twiggy small tree with stiff branches. Often it has thorn-like spurs. This occurs in thickets. It has an open, wide spreading, rounded crown and short trunk. This may have sharp spines. Prairie crab is considered to be one of the most beautiful native crabs. This is a slow growing, relatively short lived tree.

The leaves and young growth are covered with gray hairs when young. The oblong, medium green foliage reaches four inches in length. It is coarse textured. This can be loved or coarsely toothed. It tapers to a sharp point. The foliage provides nice fall color.

Flowering heavily each year, this has white to pink buds. The large, single or double, fragrant blossoms are initially rose. These fade to white, or white tinged with rose. These open very late in the spring, appearing in clusters. They’re one to two inches across.

The round, shiny fruits can be in little bunches, and ripen to yellowish-green. These are 1˝ inches in diameter.

This was used widely by Native Americans. They ate it fresh. It is also made into preserves, jelly, and pickles.


Prairie Spy Crab

Of unknown parentage, this originated around 1915. A vigorous, very hardy tree, it begins bearing at a young age. This has some resistance to cedar-apple rust and scab.

This crab apple tends to ripen late. These large fruits are yellow and red with stripes. These are extremely sweet, and lack the acid flavor that one might associate with crabs. They have crisp, firm, juicy flesh.

These crabs can be stored for long periods, and keep well until spring. The fruits are good for eating fresh. The flavor actually improves after they’ve been stored for awhile.





Add Prairie+and+Prairie+Spy+Crab+Apples to Twitter Add Prairie+and+Prairie+Spy+Crab+Apples to Facebook Add Prairie+and+Prairie+Spy+Crab+Apples to MySpace Add Prairie+and+Prairie+Spy+Crab+Apples to Del.icio.us Digg Prairie+and+Prairie+Spy+Crab+Apples Add Prairie+and+Prairie+Spy+Crab+Apples to Yahoo My Web Add Prairie+and+Prairie+Spy+Crab+Apples to Google Bookmarks Add Prairie+and+Prairie+Spy+Crab+Apples to Stumbleupon Add Prairie+and+Prairie+Spy+Crab+Apples to Reddit




RSS | Related Articles | Editor's Picks Articles | Top Ten Articles | Previous Features | Site Map


For FREE email updates, subscribe to the Landscaping Newsletter


Past Issues


print
Printer Friendly
bookmark
Bookmark
tell friend
Tell a Friend
forum
Forum
talk
Talk to Editor
email
Email Editor


Content copyright © 2014 by Connie Krochmal. All rights reserved.
This content was written by Connie Krochmal. If you wish to use this content in any manner, you need written permission. Contact Connie Krochmal for details.

g


g features
Olive Trees for the Landscape

Growing Olives Indoors and Outdoors

Growing Mistletoe and its Toxicity

Archives | Site Map

forum
Forum
email
Contact

Past Issues
memberscenter


vote
Poetry
Daily
Weekly
Monthly
Less than Monthly



BellaOnline on Facebook
g


| About BellaOnline | Privacy Policy | Advertising | Become an Editor |
Website copyright © 2014 Minerva WebWorks LLC. All rights reserved.


BellaOnline Editor