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Crabapple vs Dogwood

7 years ago

What's the difference between a crabapple tree and a dogwood? Are there any benefits to one over the other?
(I live in USDA hardiness zone 6b.)

Comments (10)

  • 7 years ago

    I'm not botanist, but I grew up in South. My memory is crabapple & persimmon trees were messy. When bearing fruit, had to pick up daily to stay ahead of it or rotting fruit attracts insects & critters.

  • 7 years ago
    Crabapple trees are garbage. They drop sticks. They bear nasty fruit and then you have to clean the zillions of nasty crab apples out of your yard or they rot and are even more disgusting.
  • 7 years ago
    Personally I find crabapple trees much more beautiful. I wouldn't plant close to driveway patio or walkway though, as they will drop fruit, which are small and not a problem imo if in a proper location.
  • PRO
    7 years ago

    Dogwood is beautiful and easy. Crabapples were named that for a reason! haha! Nasty messes.

  • PRO
    7 years ago

    Hi Charlene, both trees are have beautiful
    blossom in the spring & are a good choice for a home garden, here's a few
    pointers.

    There are many species of crabapple &
    dogwood and they vary in size, so choose a tree that won't grow to big for your
    space (check the label!) I suggest you visit your local garden centers and ask
    for advice.

    How much sun do you get? Crabapples do best
    in full sun (6 or more hours of full sun), whereas dogwoods thrive in partial
    shade (3 - 6 hours including morning sun which is less intense than afternoon
    sun).

    Crabapple flowers are white, pale pink or
    dark pink. The fruit may be red, yellow or orange, the color and size varies depending
    on the variety. Dogwood flowers are yellow, white, pale pink or magenta pink, the
    fruit is either red or pink and varies in size and shape.

    Both trees are known for fall color.
    Crabapple foliage may be yellow, gold, maroon, purple or bronze. Dogwood leaves
    may be red, yellow or maroon. The fall color depends on the variety.

    Both crabapple and dogwood fruit is eaten
    by birds, you may see flocks of waxwings or robins on your crabapple in the
    fall.

    What type of soil do you have? Both trees
    prefer a moist, slightly acidic soil. You can test your soil with a PH testing
    kit or take a sample to your garden center for analysis.

    When planting your tree, dig a hole at
    least twice the size of the root ball and make sure the top of the roots are
    fully covered with soil. Add leaf mulch and organic fertilizer to the planting
    hole and water it well. After planting add a 2" layer of organic mulch to
    retain water. Use lawn edging to create a 'tree ring' around the tree
    (pictures below). This will prevent lawn turf from growing over the tree roots
    and it keeps mulch and soil in place too. During the first few years, don't let
    the trees dry out doing hot spells, keep them watered well.


  • 7 years ago
    Dogwoods are lovely but they are not long lived.
  • PRO
    7 years ago

    I was just going to say the same thing. Yes, I think it depends on location.

  • 7 years ago

    Dogwoods dont do as well in bright all day sun. They can withstand sun if they have some cover from other trees or structures. I have two pink dogwoods in my front yard and one is doing better than the other because of their placement.

  • PRO
    7 years ago

    Same goes for Red Buds, which I love. I have two one in the back and it blooms two weeks before the one on the side yard. No particular reason I can see.