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It's a beautiful tree, and a lovely memorial to your sister. It looks like it is going to be a magnificant crabapple as it continues to grow.
Hi Carol, We had one at "our other house," that I was certain would expire every Spring! (It put on such a beautiful floral show!) The conditions here are somewhat similar... a bit more shade in my front yard, but not much! I really appreciate the fact that the fruit are enjoyed by birds in the Winter.
What a beautiful tribute! I think Crabapples are just as stunning as Cornus florida. I love this time of year when all the Crabs are blooming. Don't you love their scent?
MMD, I really think I must favor Spring. You, too? The variety of flowering trees with their colors & scents. Just wonderful! ...I don't know... those dogwoods are beautiful! ;-) (You keep me busy looking things up!) It's good for me!
What a beautiful tree and a wonderful tribute. Your blog is great too. SO much information I could be here for days.
What a good tree for your sister, thank you for sharing this Shady.Gail
Hi Brenda,You're welcome to visit anytime you wish! :-)Gail, It is a wonderful tree, isn't it? Would you like to hear something interesting? My next-door neighbor/friend and I were visiting this afternoon. Her mother died around 4 years ago. She planted a flowering crab as a memorial. It turns out that we've both planted the exact same tree as memorials. And they're both blooming "like crazy!" :-)
That is a wonderful and touching story! You know your sister is there with you this spring and always! If I had the sun they needed I would choose one for my mom, but friends gave me a Witch Hazel which smells sweet in winter and has beautiful coloring in the fall.I love knowing our special trees will be growing and blooming for a very long time!Gail
Gail, I needed to look up the Witch Hazel and found a site with many photos. It has very unusual (delicate) flowers and lovely coloring, doesn't it? I will think of you this Fall as you enjoy your tree's beautiful changes. It's a wonderful way to remember your mom.
Such a lovely "memory tree," to flourish for years to come. The Sargent Crabs are so floriferous and I love the large, rugged trunk and mounded form that comes with age. I have its cultivar, 'Tina'- slower growing, a bit more horizontal in shape, with persistent fruit... grows about 8' high x 8' wide - nice manageable size. The buds are deep pink, flowers white and do the birds love the fruit!
Deb, I just looked up "Tina." It sounds just as lovely and "floriferous!" :-) The Sargent Crab we planted 28 years ago, at our other home, grew about 8 - 9 feet tall and I'm sure it was 15 feet wide! Amazing! ;-) I'm so glad you could visit... I know this is a terribly busy time for you these days!
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