Answer: The shade from a crabapple tree usually is dappled or partial shade, so you have a wide variety of plants to chose from. Since the tree will compete to some extent for water and nutrients as well as sun, look for plants htat do not require moist soil. You could consider perennials and groundcovers such as hosta, pulmonaria, epimedium, spiderwort, alchemilla, bleeding heart, ajuga, creeping myrtle, perennial geraniums and columbine. Vines are more limited, since most of these prefer sun, but you might try a the sweet autumn or fall blooming native clematis with fragrant white flowers.
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