Ceanturion  Flowering Crabapple in a Landscape Close up of the red flowers of Centurion Crabapple Centurion Crabapple Tree
Ceanturion  Flowering Crabapple in a Landscape Close up of the red flowers of Centurion Crabapple Centurion Crabapple Tree

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Centurion Crabapple Tree

Malus x 'Centzan'

The Centurion Crabapple adds a delightful flush of spring color to your yard. This tree features extremely cold-hardy flower buds that burst open in the early spring to produce masses of rose-red blossoms. Then bright, cherry-red crabapples makes their appearance in the fall — much to the delight of area birds


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The Centurion crabapple tree is one of the most cold-hardy of the flowering crabapple trees. The reddish-green spring foliage matures to a bronze-green as the summer progresses. The rich rose-red flowers mature to cherry-red fruit. The easy to grow tree grows to be around 20 to 25 feet tall x 20 feet wide at maturity. Birds are attracted to the bright red fruit and will visit the tree through the early fall and winter.

Profusion Crabapple Tree Highlights

  • The most heat, humidity, and drought tolerant flowering crabapple
  • Mid spring bloomer with beautiful Red blossoms that cover the branches
  • Cherry-red crabapples in summer and fall
  • Amber, yellow and orange fall color
  • Good disease resistance
  • Drought-tolerant once established

Hardiness Zone: 4-8
Mature Height: 20 to 25 feet
Mature Width: 15 to 20 feet
Classification: Broad Leaved deciduous tree, Spring flowering
Sunlight: Full Sun
Habit: Upright, umbrella shaped canopy
Foliage: Bronze Green, brilliant bronze-orange fall color
Flower Color: Red, Very floriferous
Pruning Season: No pruning needed
Soil Condition: Any well drained soil
Water Requirements: Water well until established
Uses: Tolerates moist soil and full sun. Full sun brings out the best fall color. Will adapt to drier sites
Growzone: 4-8 Centurion Crabapple Tree Hardiness Zone 4-8

How to Care for Centurion Crabapple Tree

Follow these guidelines for the best results

Step 1: Planting

Step 1: Planting

Remove a container-grown Crabapple tree carefully from its pot and, if your tree's roots are balled and wrapped, carefully remove the wrapping. Water a container-grown or balled tree well before you begin, because this helps keep soil in place around the roots. Place the tree in a pre-dug hole that's at least 1 foot wider in diameter than its roots, ensuring that you plant the tree at the same depth as it was earlier. Backfill the hole with soil amended with compost and water the tree well, ensuring that there are no air pockets around its roots. We highly recommend that you mulch your Crabapple tree with either a ground hardwood mulch or a ground cypress mulch depending on your local availability. Any type of mulch will do but cypress or hardwood mulch will be of a higher quality and provide better nutrition overall as they breakdown. Mulching helps to keep weeds away which will compete with your new investment for water and nutrients. A 2 to 3 inch layer of mulch is sufficient but remember to take care not to cover any part of the stem of the plant with mulch. Its better to leave a one inch gap of space between the mulch and the stem or trunk of the plant.

Step 2: Fertilize

Step 2: Fertilize

Trees such as Centurion Crabapple grow best if they are fertilized lightly in the spring once frost has passed with a well-balanced, extended-release, fertilizer such as espoma Tree-tone. Fertilize Crabapples again 6 to 8 weeks later to encourage denser foliage or faster growth of young trees. We recommend Bio-Tone fertilizer when planting. Either chemical fertilizers or organic matter can be used successfully with Crabapple Tree.

Step 3: Water

Step 3: Water

Once the tree is planted, it's critical to give it adequate water to help its roots recover and send out new sprouts. Water the tree every 3 days for the first few weeks, then water weekly, aiming for at least 1 inch of water each week. If you plant your tree when weather is warm, it's a good idea to check the soil under the tree every few days to ensure it never becomes completely dry.

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Pink Spring Flowering Trees

Flowering Cherry Trees draw thousands of visitors to the Washington DC area every year in the early spring for the annual cherry blossom festival. Cherry Trees are thought of as the first pink flowering tree in the spring. There is no better spring combination of colors than the cherry tree's soft pastel pink and white flowers. 

Redbud Trees follow right behind cherry trees during the spring flower show. Often when cherries begin blooming, you can notice the pink buds begin to swell on the redbuds branches. The branches are almost entirely covered with flowers on these native trees. Redbuds offer three seasons of interest as the leaves of many redbud cultivars add to the summer color palette with shades of deep merlot red, oranges, and soft yellows. The show continues when the fall foliage develops warm shades of yellow and deep reds. 

With their large flowers, Magnolias produce shades of pink ranging from pastel pinks to deep pink. When most people think of magnolias, they automatically picture the towering Southern Magnolia trees with their large deep green leaves and white flowers. People are starting to notice the deciduous varieties that bloom in a range of pink shades. Magnolia Centennial Blush's pastel pink to the deep, almost rose pink of Magnolia Jane. These are the deciduous cousins of the southern magnolia and are well suited for growing in the north and are also one of the best fragrant flowering trees in the spring. 

American Dogwood Trees flower later in the spring, often in late April through May. Cherokee Brave Dogwood grows to about 20 feet tall and is a fast-growing dogwood tree. The flower show gets larger as the tree ages. The beautiful dark pink flowers with white centers are a show-stopper when in full bloom. 

Crabapple Trees flower in Apple and May and also produce a three-season show. The beauty of a crabapple tree is multi-faceted. In the spring, you get the gorgeous flowers that cover the tree. As the flowers fade, the small and colorful fruits form, adding color to the tree. The leaves put forth shades of yellow, orange, red, and even purple in the fall. Birds adore the small fruits, so you also benefit from sustaining nature with these beautiful trees. 

Pink Summer Flowering Trees

Crape Myrtle trees cannot be forgotten when talking about Pink Flowering Trees. Few trees are as colorful as a Crape Myrtle tree in full bloom. Pink Velour Crape Myrtle flowers in the summer and the pink cotton candy-colored blooms are highlighted by the dark almost purple foliage. Not to be outdone is the Muskogee Crape Myrtle a very hardy selection and one of the taller varieties. Muskogee almost blooms for a full six months. 

Pink Flowering Kousa Dogwood is one of the most beautiful of the pink flowering trees. Kousa dogwoods bloom in the very early summer and the flowers last nearly a month before turning to large red berries that birds adore. Japanese dogwoods are easier to grow than our native dogwoods and should find a place in the landscape relatively easily. The foliage stays clean and fresh throuought the growing season and takes on a reddish-purple color in the fall. 

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