Malus hupehensis, is commonly known as Tea crabapple and sometimes known as the Hubei crab. Like most crabapples it is somewhat small in stature, has rich autumn color, and most importantly has spectacular bloom in spring and pretty fruit in winter. But what sets Tea crabapple apart from other crabapples is its form. It has upright branches which give it a more narrow, vase shape. This vase or goblet shape is better suited for use in smaller gardens, where, in spring, fragrant pink or white blossoms smother the branches. These flowers are followed by masses of small cherry-like red fruit which are carried well into winter. Combined with yellow leaves in autumn, the Tea crabapple will provide interest for most of the year. And if you have a wildlife friendly garden, the fruit of Tea crabapple is a blessing to the birds.

Tea crabapple would be a spectacular focal-point in a courtyard providing the fruit falls away from the paved areas. And it's even more dramatic in a grouping along a woodland verge.

Tea crabapple only grows to 20 feet and will eventually spread to 20 feet. It thrives best in full sun on moist, well-drained soil. It does not like too much heat but has considerable cold tolerance. It grows in Lower Canada and across most of the United States. It's quite popular in the UK. It does well in New Zealand and the temperate regions of Australia. As always, a tree this nice may not be found at the big plant nurseries, but at more select tree nurseries.


Tea crabapple

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