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Montreal, Quebec, Canada (Zone 5b)
PeteMoss
Jun 25, 2018 5:56 PM CST
Any tree experts on this forum? I think it's a cherry or crab-apple tree of some sort. It did bloom about a month ago with pink/purple flowers. Does anyone know from the photos I uploaded? Is the fruit edible?

I don't know anything about trees but it looks quite disheveled and overgrown. Can I prune the branches? If so, what time of year? I'm in Montreal, Canada. What about the new growth at the crown? Do I just let that grow?

This tree was planed by the previous owner when he built the house. I wonder why they chose this type of tree. It's not very pretty and the fruit fall on the grass, rot and attract wasps. I've been thinking of cutting it down and replacing it with an ivory silk. Thoughts?

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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 25, 2018 6:53 PM CST
Its a Crabapple - the prettiest thing about them are the flowers. Some are not esthetically pleasing the rest of the year and in fact, are down right ugly. The fruit is not edible for you and may or may not be edible for the birds. You can prune to your heart's content to keep it shaped but heavy pruning should be done in the winter.
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greene
Jun 25, 2018 7:23 PM CST
The previous owner may have thought he was planting one of the sterile varieties. This tree will be a maintenance job forever. If you have another tree in mind, I say go ahead and plant something you will enjoy having. This is not the time to plant a tree but plenty of time for research, shopping, getting rid of the old tree and preparing the soil for the new tree. Thumbs up

On my to-do list for this month is to remove a crabapple tree in the front yard and replace it with a Crepe Myrtle. That will make my eyes happy and be less work in the long run.
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Name: Daisy I
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DaisyI
Jun 25, 2018 7:53 PM CST
Crepe Myrtle! Lovey dubby I don't think they will survive in Canada. They don't even survive in Reno. Sad
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Jun 25, 2018 10:15 PM CST
I love my crabapple, but it does require a lot of pruning/shaping. The flowers are beautiful in the spring, and the birds eat most the fruit here. When they've left them alone, they look like Christmas ornaments after the leaves drop. They are edible, but they don't taste like much. You can make a jam or jelly out of them, but their small size would make it a tedious project.
Bottom line though, you should have a tree that makes you happy.
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