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There's an old crab apple tree on the property. It's gnarled, it's leaves yellow and fall in late summer/early autumn, it drops tons of crabs (mini apples) and generally makes a mess. But for a very few days in the spring -- what a sight! The photo below doesn't really do the poor thing justice!
The crab apple has bloomed in 2000 -- this photo does it better justice! A close-up of the blossoms follows.
In the fall of 2001, I pruned what seemed to be hundreds of water shoots off of the crabapple tree (it had begun to resemble a bush more than a tree). It seems to have benefited from the treatment, as it's full of buds ready to blossom forth in April, 2002.
The promise of those buds has been borne out in spectacular fashion!
It's late April 2004 and the crab apple has bloomed in fine form!
April 2006 brought the bloom of the crabapple; it once again stopped traffic on the street!
Looking back over this page, it becomes apparent that the crabapple tree blooms every other year! It last bloomed in 2006 so it should come as no surprise that the third week of April 2008 finds it in spectacular bloom!
It's April 2010 and quite literally overnight the crab apple has burst into bloom.
In early April 2012, the crab apple popped into bloom literally overnight!
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