When it comes to maximum aesthetic appeal, in a compact package, Lightsaber Crabapple is a true heavy hitter. This cultivar boasts a unique, space-saving form that has earned it its name. If you’re looking for a statement piece for your landscape or a beautiful flowering tree that won’t overpower a small yard, the lightsaber crabapple might be the perfect choice.

What You Need To Know:

  • Lifespan: 30-50 years with proper care.
  • Canopy Size & Spread: Mature trees typically reach 8-12 feet in height and only 3-5 feet in width.
  • Root Characteristics: Non-invasive and well-behaved. Roots tend to grow deep rather than spreading outwards, making them foundation safe.
  • Growth Rate: Moderate, growing about 1-2 feet per year.
  • Soil: Prefers well-drained, slightly acidic soil.
  • Water: Needs regular watering, especially during the first few years after planting.
  • Light Preference: Full sun for at least 6 hours a day.
  • Hardiness Zone: Most cultivars are hardy in zones 4-8.
  • Flower Characteristics: Blooms in spring, typically for 2-3 weeks. Flowers are small but numerous, with a delicate fragrance and white, pink, or red blossoms.

Interesting Facts:

  • Crabapple Benefits: Beyond aesthetics, crabapples provide food for birds and pollinators. The small fruits, though not typically eaten by humans, can be used to make jellies and preserves.
  • Dramatic Form: The most striking feature is the narrow, columnar shape that resembles a lightsaber hilt. This vertical accent adds a touch of modern elegance to any garden.
  • Beautiful Blooms: In spring, they erupt in a stunning display of pink, white, or red flowers, depending on the variety.
  • Low Maintenance: Once established, they’re relatively easy to care for.


Interested In Adding This Unique Tree To Your Property?

Contact Edmonton Arborist and our expert tree planting team will bring and install your very own Lightsaber Crabapple!

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