Reddish-pink buds open to white flowers on Donald Wyman crabapple. The fruit is glossy red and persistent into winter. This consistent performer and disease-resistant cultivar is extensively planted at the Chicago Botanic Garden. It was discovered as a chance seedling at the Arnold Arboretum of Harvard University in the early 1950s and named in honor of Donald Wyman, Ph.D., who had recently retired as horticulturist at the Arboretum.
Crabapples are small flowering trees that provide a showy display in the spring landscape for one to two weeks. In addition to the eye-catching buds and flowers, their foliage, habit, and fruit make them attractive plants almost year round. They are actively hybridized for flower color, leaf color, fruit size/color, shape and, most importantly, disease resistance. Crabapple fruits are usually not eaten by humans but are beloved by birds. Most crabapples benefit from modest amounts of pruning to eliminate water sprouts and improve airflow.
Attracts Birds, Attracts Butterflies