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. Royal Raindrops have pinkish red flowers with persistent, 1/4 inch bright red fruit. Deep purple, cutleaf foliage turns orange-red in the fall. Highly disease resistant.