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How to prevent a crab apple tree getting any taller?

Last spring (18 months ago) I planted a 6/8 Malus John Downie crab apple tree. It has an unusually long trunk, the lowest branch is almost two metres up. As it is growing, the leader is going straight ...
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What is this parasite / mushroom / sickness on my crabapple tree?

My crabapple tree is having a hard time. It's fighting Japanese beetles, spider mites and now this "thing" on some leaves. It starts by creating a red spot on the leaf and eventually there's some "...
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Crab apples haven't flowered this year - could a warm winter be to blame?

We have two well-established crab-apples trees on our street, about 15 years old. The last few years they fruited pretty heavily and we were looking forward to harvesting fruit this year. However ...
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Fusing apple seedlings for bonsai

I've grown some apple tree seedlings from a shop bought apple for the purpose of turning into a bonsai. A high percentage of them have germinated and I've ended up with more than I bargained for (12 ...
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Why would one of my Prairiefire crabapple trees seem stunted this year?

I planted two Prairiefire Crabapple trees on my front lawn about ten years ago. Each spring, they flower beautifully together, then fruit, then leaves. This year one of them seemed to lag behind. ...
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Does the (Malus) Prairie Fire Crabapple require cross pollination?

Does the Prairie Fire crabapple tree require cross pollination to survive? I have heard from numerous sources that if we don't plant another (different) crabapple tree next to it, it will die. However,...
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Source for apple variety information

I'm learning more about apples. Here's my dilemma: I can get about a dozen varieties from my usual supplier. Generally prairie hardy apples are not commercially viable due to their size. Now ...
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Is dolgo crabapple a dwarfing rootstock?

Emerald Spire crabapple is produced by grafting onto Dolgo crabapple stock. I know that apples are commonly grafted onto crabapple rootstocks to dwarf them. On a Dolgo root stock the tree nominally ...