Crab Apple Trees
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What to plant under my mature (22 years) Sargent Crabapple tree

Zone 53110 | mrbob1221@aol.com added on August 5, 2019 | Answered

This tree pretty much shades anything under it except for the west side of the tree gets afternoon indirect light then direct light 4-7pm. I'm thinking of a smaller plant (2' clearance around the bottom ) with color like astilbe maybe. Under 1/2 of this tree is almost all day shade/indirect sunlight.

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GKH_Susan
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Answered on August 5, 2019

The best thing you can apply under a tree is mulch out to the dripline. Trees have shallow feeder roots that shouldn't be disturbed by planting under it. Especially since you have a mature, 22 year old tree, I would just enjoy the shade.

However, if you are committed to planting, here is an article that tells how to plant without disturbing the roots too much:

https://www.gardeningknowhow.com/ornamental/trees/tgen/planting-garden-beneath-trees.htm

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