crabapple fall colors

Si Nguyen

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Hi all, here's my contribution for some fall colors. This is all I got this weekend (other than some tropical flowers). This is a crabapple I collected in January 2010. I chopped it back a lot but not enough. There are still too many bad thick branches. I just never got around to picking a front on it this year. It grew to about 5 feet tall until August when I chopped it back hard again. Then it bloomed all over! I should have taken some pics then. The flowers were of a white to pale pink color. Now there are 7 little fruits! There were a few more fruits but some fell off last week after some strong wind and rain. I don't know what variety this crabapple is. Any idea would be greatly appreciated. Enjoy!
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DaveV

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That will make a good looking tree Si.
 

Brian Underwood

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Sweet! That is going to be a very nice tree soon. I am fairly certain it is not a crabapple though. Considering the size and coloration of the fruit, as well as the leaves, it looks like a miniature apple, not a crab. Try tasting one of the little guys that fell off, there is a small chance it is sweet, in which case it is a real apple. Cant wait to see it's progress, thanks for sharing!
 

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Si,

You have a good eye for potential bonsai material.

What zone are you in?

I have several crab apples that I have been working on for some time and they never bloom. Just does not get cold enough here.

Regards,
Paul
 

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Sweet! That is going to be a very nice tree soon. I am fairly certain it is not a crabapple though. Considering the size and coloration of the fruit, as well as the leaves, it looks like a miniature apple, not a crab. Try tasting one of the little guys that fell off, there is a small chance it is sweet, in which case it is a real apple. Cant wait to see it's progress, thanks for sharing!
You are right, those little apples look like tiny reall apples. I guess we just call every apple that has tiny fruits, crab apples.
 

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I tried my luck tasting a Crab apple earlier in the year,it had a disgusting taste.

An apple so evil that even the birds who eat ghastly insects and mouldering suet cakes do not eat them.
 

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You are right, those little apples look like tiny reall apples. I guess we just call every apple that has tiny fruits, crab apples.
These really are crab apples, what you don't realize is Si has the tiniest hands, maybe 2 inches long at most. Sorry Si couldn't resist:D:D:D
 

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....., what you don't realize is Si has the tiniest hands, maybe 2 inches long at most. Sorry Si couldn't resist:D:D:D
Then Si should have been in the medical profession, delivering babies...his hands would be in gread demand:)

I have the same apple stock, from the same source, but since I gave the tree a hard pruning this spring, there are no apples yet. Probably next year, I hope.
 
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Wow that is a nice malus! Not sure where you're collecting, but by the looks of that, you made a lucky wrong turn into some bonsai nursery's grow-beds!!! Great find, nice tree! Would love to see some photos of it in flower next spring.
 

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I have the same apple stock, from the same source, but since I gave the tree a hard pruning this spring, there are no apples yet. Probably next year, I hope.
Me too, I did have some late summer flowering but no apples, Si must have trained bees at his place.

I have been battling woolly aphid on this and another small apple lately though, damn things just keep on coming back, I may have to bring out the nukes.
 

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It may be of uncertain parentage,inspired by your apples with a good colour i retrieved some frozen windfalls for seed sowing.

Suprisingly these are intact with no mould,can't say the same for my folks Bramley's seedling.

These are ruby,possibly garnet,red and grew on a young tree that now stands ever so close to the spot where the Crabapple of my youth once grew.

Gracing her bowed branches use to be green/yellow vile fruits wheras son of Crabapple grows erect with his dark red ones.
 

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I have been battling woolly aphid on this ..
Interesting, but I had the same aphid problem with mine, although I live a good few miles away from you. I have hundreds of other trees around this apple, but only this one attracts the aphids. I wonder what is causing it.
 

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I really like this tree. there is something i really love about miniturised fruits. and is it true about your hands?:D:p
 

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Id like to know were you go collecting Si,nice tree.
 

Si Nguyen

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Sorry for the late reply guys. Thanks for all the comments.

To Discusmike: I could tell you where, but you'd have to call me master. :p

To Donkey: It is true about the hands, but it is not true that women like small hands. For some reason, they don't like small feet either.:eek:

To Atilla: my wife loves her gynecologist. He'd better have small hands.:mad:

To Klytus: Nice rambling! Almost poetry! Good luck with bastard seedlings!:)

To Ian: Who died and made you a comedian all of a sudden?:D

To Brian VF: Yeah, it was luck, and a few hundred dollars.;)

To Paul: I am in zone 9-10, which is probably same as yours. Keep trying with your crabs. They will flare up when you least expect it.

To Brian U.: My wife ate one apple and said it was very sour. I didn't take a bite. I will look into this miniature apple idea. Mine does appear too big for the usual crabapple. I have 2 other known crabapples with much smaller leaves, flowers and fruits.

To Dave: Thanks!

Cheers,
Si
 
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Sorry for the late reply guys. Thanks for all the comments.

To Discusmike: I could tell you where, but you'd have to call me master. :p

To Donkey: It is true about the hands, but it is not true that women like small hands. For some reason, they don't like small feet either.:eek:

To Atilla: my wife loves her gynecologist. He'd better have small hands.:mad:

To Klytus: Nice rambling! Almost poetry! Good luck with bastard seedlings!:)

To Ian: Who died and made you a comedian all of a sudden?:D

To Brian VF: Yeah, it was luck, and a few hundred dollars.;)

To Paul: I am in zone 9-10, which is probably same as yours. Keep trying with your crabs. They will flare up when you least expect it.

To Brian U.: My wife ate one apple and said it was very sour. I didn't take a bite. I will look into this miniature apple idea. Mine does appear too big for the usual crabapple. I have 2 other known crabapples with much smaller leaves, flowers and fruits.

To Dave: Thanks!

Cheers,
Si

This was so funny I almost spit water on my laptop!
 
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