Crabapple Pre-Espalier Trees in Bloom - May 2022
Last Summer, we planted a pair of Sugar Tyme Crabapple trees on the side of our house - the south side that gets a lot of sun - right up against the foundation. I watered them in a bit, but we were (mostly) past the heavy heat of the Summer (mid-September is when they went in), so I kind of let the trees just figure things out on their own. I didn't train these very hard last Fall because of that. I left them as is and didn't prune anything off of them. I did, however, put a couple of limbs out horizontally with some light bamboo poles, but otherwise didn't touch them.
What happened this Spring?
They woke up. And put on a really nice show. Pink buds opened up to white flowers with pink centers clustered all over both trees. See below for a pair of pre-espalier crabapple (Sugar Tyme - Malus 'Sutyzam') trees.
I've waited until they finish their bloom cycle - which I mentioned is in decline - before I give these too hard of a prune. That's on my to-do list in the coming days/weeks. What form, though? Here (below) is a look at some espalier forms. Palmette and Palmette Oblique are what I'm thinking, but I'm also drawn to an informal fan shape.
#6 on my 2022 to-do list was to work the 'fun' trees - including wiring up of these crabapples. While I'm at it, I should remove the frame from the Lindens and think about replacing the dead trees in my Belgian Fence. More on those when I get to the projects.