En EspaŅol

Q. Who is Mr. Smarty Plants?

A: There are those who suspect Wildflower Center volunteers are the culpable and capable culprits. Yet, others think staff members play some, albeit small, role. You can torture us with your plant questions, but we will never reveal the Green Guru's secret identity.

Help us grow by giving to the Plant Database Fund or by becoming a member

Did you know you can access the Native Plant Information Network with your web-enabled smartphone?

Share

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants

Ask Mr. Smarty Plants is a free service provided by the staff and volunteers at the Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center.

Search Smarty Plants
    
 
See a list of all Smarty Plants questions
Can't find the answer in our existing FAQs, submit a question to Mr. Smarty Plants.
Need help with plant identification, visit the plant identification page.
 
rate this answer
1 rating

Tuesday - May 06, 2014

From: Austin, TX
Region: Southwest
Topic: Trees
Title: A Crabapple for the Austin, TX area.
Answered by: Joe Marcus

QUESTION:

I am in search of crab apples. Don't they grow in Austin? I can not seem to be able to locate any here. Any suggestions?

ANSWER:

Only one crabapple is native to central Texas.  Malus ioensis var. texana, Blanco Crabapple is native to riparian areas within the Blanco River drainage and in some surrounding localities on the Edwards Plateau.  Its native range is not known to include Travis County.  You can see several examples of the tree in our gardens. 

Some locally-owned nurseries may carry Blanco Crabapple as it is a lovely small tree bearing stunning pink flowers in April and scads of small fruit in fall.  Its fruit is not the best of the crabapples for eating.  However, its fall color is among the best of any of the apples.  The Wildflower Center typically has a few trees of Blanco Crabapple at our April and October fund-raising sales, but they tend to go quickly.  Members have the first crack at them on the Friday of plant sale weekends.

 

From the Image Gallery


Texas crabapple
Malus ioensis var. texana

Texas crabapple
Malus ioensis var. texana

More Trees Questions

Mexican Plum not doing well in Liberty Hill, TX.
September 03, 2010 - Two summers have passed since I planted my Mexican Plum. It's in full sun. It seems to have added height but not much width. It's virtually a 7 foot stick with 1 foot branches from top to bottom. It...
view the full question and answer

Leaf problems on oaks in North Liberty IA
June 12, 2010 - My oak trees (young and old) are showing leaf problems. Is there a disease or insect causing oak tree disease?
view the full question and answer

How many native trees in U.S. from Clarkson MI
May 18, 2011 - Does anybody have any numbers on how many native trees there are in the entire United States?
view the full question and answer

Space for a desert willow in Odessa, TX
April 23, 2009 - I have a small planting space about 5X5 that is four feet in front of the side of my front door. It is right under the eaves of my house. It's rather an enclosed porch space. I have a new very sma...
view the full question and answer

Failure to thrive of pecan trees in Las Vegas NV
October 11, 2009 - In April this year I purchased two 8-foot tall pecan trees in 3-foot square boxes from a local nursery and planted them here in Southern Nevada. I'm sure I dug a large enough hole to provide plenty ...
view the full question and answer

Smarty Plants's Facebook profile Support the Wildflower Center by Donating Online or Becoming a Member today.

Mr. Smarty Plants wants you to be his Facebook friend. Click the Facebook icon to add yourself to Mr. Smarty Plants list of friends.
E-NEWSLETTER | BECOME A MEMBER | DONATE NOW | MEDIA | SITEMAP
© 2014 Lady Bird Johnson Wildflower Center