Crabapples are among the most popular spring flowering trees. They’re adaptable to a range of soil types. Buds for the next season will set in mid-summer, so prune in early June if needed. Suckers should be removed and pruning the center of the plant to encourage air movement can help prevent disease problems. Pink Spires has lavender flowers that emerge from dark lavender buds. Persistent, 1/2 inch, purplish red fruit. Foliage emerges reddish, turning green and then copper in the fall.