Even if you lack a large garden space, you can still grow one of the many dwarf fruit trees such as the Camelot crabapple tree, Malus ‘Camzam.’ This deciduous crabapple tree bears fruit that not only attracts birds but can also be made into delicious preserves. Interested in growing a Camelot crabapple? Read on to find out how to grow a Camelot crabapple and other Camzam apple info related to Camelot crabapple care.
Camzam Apple Info
A dwarf cultivar with a rounded habit, Camelot crabapple trees have dark green, thick, leathery leaves with a hint of burgundy. In the spring, the tree sports red flower buds that open to aromatic white flowers tinged with fuchsia. Blossoms are followed by ½ inch (1 cm.) burgundy colored fruit that ripen in the late summer. Fruit left on trees may persist into the winter, providing nourishment for a variety of birds.
When growing a Camelot crabapple, the tree can be expected reach heights of around 10 feet (3 m.) by 8 feet (2 m.) wide at maturity. This crabapple can be grown in USDA zones 4-7.
How to Grow a Camelot Crabapple
Camelot crabapples prefer full sun exposure and well-draining acidic loam, although they will adapt to different types of soil. Camzam crabapples will also adapt to lower light levels, but be aware that a tree planted in a shaded area will produce fewer flowers and fruit.
Dig a hole for the tree that is as deep as the root ball and twice as wide. Loosen the root ball of the tree and gently lower it into the hole so that the soil line is even with the surrounding soil. Fill in the hole with soil and water in well to remove any air pockets.
Camelot Crabapple Care
A wonderful attribute of the Camelot crabapple is its pest and disease resistance. This cultivar is also drought resistant once established. This means that there is very minimal maintenance when growing a Camelot crabapple.
Newly planted trees don’t need fertilization until the following spring. They do need consistent deep watering a couple of times a week. Also, add a few inches (8 cm.) of mulch over the roots to help retain moisture. Be sure to keep the mulch away from the trunk of the tree. Reapply a couple of inches (5 cm.) of mulch each spring to continuously supply the tree with nutrients.
Once established, the tree requires little pruning. Prune the tree as needed after it has flowered but prior to summer to remove any dead, diseased, or broken limbs as well as any ground sprouts.