October 22, 2017

A Tree for All Seasons

Malus 'Red Barron'

Janine Pineo Photo | Malus ‘Red Barron’

The spectacular color and form of Malus ‘Red Barron’ presents an exquisite picture in May when the crabapple bursts into full bloom. This specimen at the Lyle E. Littlefield Ornamentals Trial Garden in Orono has been around for a long time, given the size of the tree and its trunk (the garden was established in the 1960s). At maturity, ‘Red Barron’ can top 25 feet tall, with a spread of 20 feet. The richly colored blossoms are fragrant, too, providing a double punch for midspring. The foliage leans toward the bronze and turns orange in autumn, while the cherry-sized fruit is a deep red and can persist into the winter. Even the bark on the mature tree provides interest in winter. Hardy to Zone 4, ‘Red Barron’ could grow in much of Maine.

Malus 'Red Barron'

Janine Pineo Photo | Malus ‘Red Barron’

The bark of Malus 'Red Barron'

Janine Pineo Photo | The bark of Malus ‘Red Barron’

 

Malus 'Red Barron'

Janine Pineo Photo | Malus ‘Red Barron’