Why You Should Plant a Weeping Crabapple Tree

Updated: Feb. 16, 2021

Catch the attention of wildlife and your fellow gardeners alike with a weeping crabapple tree. This tree looks gorgeous and backyard birds will adore it!

Add drama and grace to any landscape with a Ruby Tears weeping crabapple tree, Malus ‘Bailears.‘ It will grow to be about 8 to 10 feet tall and about 12 to 15 feet wide. This showy tree with pink flowers is an excellent accent for a small garden and it attracts wildlife. In fall, you will enjoy the colorful dark red foliage. Find more perfect landscaping options by checking out our favorite pink and white spring-blooming trees.

Wildlife Benefits of Weeping Crabapple Tree

Like most other berry bushes and trees, birds, pollinators and butterflies love weeping crabapple trees, especially in spring and summer when the fragrant pink blossoms turn into small fruits that last into winter.

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In addition, crabapples are very attractive to native bees. The trees need bees to pollinate their blooms. Become a bee champion by following these easy ways to help the bees.

How to Care for a Weeping Crabapple Tree

Grow weeping crabapple trees in Zones 4 to 7. (Here’s how plant zones work and how to find yours.) These trees grow best in moist, well-draining soil and in full sun. They can tolerate drought conditions when once established. Prune in late winter. Check out 7 things you need to know before planting a tree.

Looking for more landscaping ideas for a bird-friendly backyard? Try planting an Eastern red cedar tree.