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Hortiscope: Ron Smith

HORTISCOPE: Lots of tree and shrub choices available for windy lot

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Q: I am looking for a purple flowering crabapple tree for a boulevard planting. The more resistant to diseases it is the better.

A: Some selections to consider are the royal raindrop (red foliage and fruit), prairiefire (green foliage and maroon fruit), thunderchild (deep purple foliage with dark red fruit) and velvet pillar (purple foliage with sparse, red fruit). Thanks for the very kind words about the column!

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