There is a new ornamental crabapple planting at the University of MA orchard in western MA. The planting forms part of the framework for a garden tribute to those who bought the orchard in 1962 and gave it to the University for fruit research. According to farm manager Joe Sincuk, the crabapple planting serves three functions:
- demonstration of the wide variety of crabapple cultivars,
- education about fruit trees and,
- pollination for nearby standard apples.
I spent a good part of a recent warm and sunny afternoon wandering from tree to tree looking at the aumn features makes these trees terrific four-season interest plantings:
- bark, and