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Sparkling Sprite® Flowering Crab

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Sparkling Sprite Crabapple (Malus ‘JFS-KW207’) Pink buds opening to white flowers cover the dense rounded head of this top grafted, compact selection; showy and persistent golden fruit in fall that slowly turns orange; makes a spectacular front yard accent; needs full sun and good drainage

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Characteristics

Average Landscape Height:
10 feet
Average Landscape Width:
10 feet
Growth Rate:
medium
Genus:
Malus
Cultivar:
Sparkling Sprite
Flower Color:
white
Flower Period:
in mid spring
Summer Foliage Color:
dark green
Fall Color:
yellow
Minimum Light:
full sun
Maximum Light:
full sun
Minimum Moisture:
average
Maximum Moisture:
moist
Plant Form:
layered
Canopy:
low
Pruning:
late winter pruning
Pollution Tolerance:
high
Other Species Names:
Roseybloom Crabapple
Branching:
spreading
Density:
dense
Flower Bud Color:
rose
Flower Fragrance:
high

Ornamental Features

Sparkling Sprite® Flowering Crab is covered in stunning clusters of fragrant white flowers with shell pink overtones along the branches in mid spring, which emerge from distinctive rose flower buds. The fruits are showy gold pomes which fade to orange over time, which are carried in abundance from early fall to late winter. It has dark green deciduous foliage. The pointy leaves turn yellow in fall.

Landscape Attributes

Sparkling Sprite® Flowering Crab is a deciduous tree with a strong central leader and a more or less rounded form. Its average texture blends into the landscape, but can be balanced by one or two finer or coarser trees or shrubs for an effective composition.

Planting & Growing

Sparkling Sprite® Flowering Crab will grow to be about 12 feet tall at maturity, with a spread of 12 feet. It tends to be a little leggy, 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 should only be grown in full sunlight. It prefers to grow in average to moist conditions, and shouldn't be allowed to dry out. It is not particular as to soil type or pH. It is highly tolerant of urban pollution and will even thrive in inner city environments. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid.

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