Malus 'Adirondack', introduced by the National Arboretum in Washington, DC, is a small tree with a pronounced vertical branch habit. A typical specimen might grow 12 feet tall and 6 feet wide, taking on an upright, egg-shaped outline.
The foliage of 'Adirondack' is dark green in summer and has shown good resistance to major crabapple diseases. Masses of waxy-white flowers cover the tree in late April. The fruit become orange-red in late summer and persist until December. Because of its small size, fruit litter and related maintenance problems are minimal.
'Adirondack' should perform well in all parts of Iowa provided it is given full sun and has adequate drainage. Use it as a specimen in the home lawn, in parks or recreational areas, in residential boulevard or parkway plantings, and on sites where taller or wide-spreading trees would be inappropriate.
This article originally appeared in the August 12, 1994 issue, p. 130.