Firebird’ Crabapple, Malus floribunda
If you’re looking for a winsome tree that you can enjoy year-round in Southeast Alaska, this is a great choice. The Firebird Crabapple sprouts small, sweet-smelling, white flowers that turn to bright shiny red crabapples. It’s a great tree for the whole year because the fruit stays on the branches until late into the winter, bringing constellations of ruby-bright fruit to the darkest part of the year. Hardy to zone 4, growing vertically until mature at which point the branches will spread outward and weep some. When mature, the Firebird grows to about 12′ tall and the flowers are dense clusters that cover the branches from tip to trunk, leaving berries as densely present after the leaves and flowers have fallen away.