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Raspberry Spear® Crabapple

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Raspberry Spear Crabapple (Malus ‘JFS KW213MX’): A very upright ornamental crabapple; Deep pink buds open to bright magenta flowers on this tightly columnar crabapple. Clean and disease-free summer foliage holds its dark purple color; bronzing on the older leaves in late summer and early fall, when orange tints appear. Purple-red fruits ripen to deep bright red and persist into late autumn or early winter. Persistent fruit does not drop during the summer / fall, nor make a mess.

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Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
20 feet
Average Landscape Width:
15 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Malus
Cultivar:
'JFS KW213MX'
Flower Color:
Pink
Flower Period:
in early spring
Summer Foliage Color:
dark purple
Fall Color:
rusty orange
Minimum Light:
partial sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
dry
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
upright
Canopy:
low
Pruning:
prune after flowering
Branching:
decurrent
Flower Bicolor:
Dark Pink

Ornamental Features

Raspberry Spear is covered in stunning fragrant pink flowers, followed by dark purple foliage throughout the summer. In fall, the dark purple foliage turns a rusty orange color.

Landscape Attributes

Raspberry Spear Crabapple is a deciduous tree with a distinctive upright form. Beautiful spring blooms are followed by dark purple foliage

Planting & Growing

Raspberry Spear Crabapple will grow to be about 20 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 8 feet. It has a low canopy with a typical clearance of 3 feet from the ground, and is suitable for planting under power lines. It grows at a medium rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for 50 years or more.

This tree does best in full sun to partial shade. It requires an evenly moist well-drained soil for optimal growth, but will die in standing water. It is not particular as to soil type, but has a definite preference for acidic soils. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in winter to protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates.

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