Snow Crab tree producing berries?

Asked September 2, 2016, 9:56 PM EDT

We've had a flowering snow crab tree for about 23 years that produces beautiful white flowers every spring, and this last spring was no exception. But we've just noticed the higher branches are producing berries, and we've never noticed this before. Our neighbor's snow crab is doing the same. Can you explain why this change is happening? We don't recall ever needing to clean up berries/fruit from these trees. Thanks-Tammy Johnson

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1 Response

'Spring Snow' is almost sterile, but can produce smallish fruit. I expect it's an unusual year and your tree and your neighbor's tree will return to form next year.

Most online wholesalers and retailers list it as "fruitless" or "sterile", but here is an honest one:
http://www.tytyga.com/Spring-Snow-Flowering-Crabapple-p/flwtre-crab-spring.htm