Sweet Sugar Tyme crabapple in full bloom with an orange brick church in the background.
The white flowers of Sweet Sugar Tyme crabapple cover the branches in spring.
Sweet Sugar Tyme crabapple has bright red fruits on long stalks.
Two Sweet Sugar Tyme crabapples blooming in an easement alongside a road.
A closeup of the white flowers of Sweet Sugar Tyme crabapple.
Sweet Sugar Tyme crabapple in full bloom with an orange brick church in the background.

Sweet Sugar Tyme® Crabapple

Everyone knows that crabapples are fabulous in spring, and Sweet Sugar Tyme crabapple (Malus sp.) is no exception. However, it one-ups all the others with its fruit: bright red berries on long stems that look great in late summer and fall and even beyond. Sweet Sugar Tyme crabapple has the unusual ability to hold its fruit intact all through winter instead of shriveling. It’s like built-in holiday décor! In late winter/early spring, birds flock to them for a nutritious food source in otherwise lean times. Sweet Sugar Tyme crabapple naturally grows with a tidy, pyramidal-oval crown atop a straight trunk for an appealing look in the landscape or garden.

Lollipop crabapple is part of the Proven Winners® ColorChoice® Trees program.

Additional information

Dimensions10 × 10 ft
Botanical Name

<i>Malus x</i> 'Swesutyzam'

Zone

4, 5, 6, 7, 8

Flower Color

White

Foliage Color

Green

Height

10'

Width/Spread

10'

Exposure

Full Sun

Soil

Acidic, Average, Moist, Well-drained

Bloom Time

Spring

Uses

Cottage gardens, Foundations, Fruit Production, Shade tree, Specimen, Woodland gardens

Features

Attracts pollinators, Clay soil, Disease resistant, Fall interest, Landscape plant, Tree

Breeder

Jim Zampini

Blooms On

Old wood

SKU: 17508-1-1-1-1 Categories: ,

Light: Full sun (6+ hrs/day)

Soil: Prefers moist but well-drained, slightly acidic soils. However, crabapples can tolerate varied conditions as long as they aren’t too extreme.

Water: Average water needs, some drought tolerance once established.

Fertilizing: If desired, fertilize in early spring using a granular (not liquid) fertilizer formulated for woody plants, like a rose or tree fertilizer. One application a year is sufficient in most areas. However, if you are starting with a very small plant, you may wish to fertilize monthly through late July to encourage more rapid growth.

Pruning: Little needed. You may selectively prune out branches to achieve a desired shape and habit if you wish, but regular pruning is neither required nor recommended.

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