Secrest Arboretum Crabapple Blossoms to Peak Soon

WOOSTER, Ohio — Secrest Arboretum’s 600-plus crabapple trees will soon be seeing red. Plus scarlet, white and pink.

“The crabapples will be blooming this weekend (April 23-24) or early next week given the number of warm days we’ve had,” said Arboretum Program Assistant Paul Snyder. “Some of the early selections are already opening.”

The crabapple trees and arboretum are at the Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center in Wooster in northeast Ohio. The trees are considered the largest collection of crabapple trees in the U.S.

The center itself is part of The Ohio State University and its College of Food, Agricultural, and Environmental Sciences.


“This weekend should be the best overall weekend, with considerable development this week,” said crabapple expert Jim Chatfield, a Wooster-based horticulture specialist with the college.

“The imaginary overall ‘peak’ may be early to midweek next week for the overall mix, and depending on heat, rain and wind, then the next weekend (April 30-May 1) should also be nice,” he said.

More than 600 trees, 150 types

In all, the trees in the collection represent more than 150 types of crabapples. Their blossoms also come in colors such as salmon, coral and burgundy.

Included in the collection are about 100 crabapple trees that workers and volunteers planted after a tornado hit the campus six years ago. About 1,500 trees, including 150 crabapples, went down.

Visiting free, open to the public

The center is at 1680 Madison Ave. in Wooster. Signs on the campus show the way to the arboretum, which also has an entrance off Secrest Road. Visiting the grounds is free and open to the public seven days a week, dawn to dusk.

For more information, call 330-263-3761 or go to


Kurt Knebusch


Paul Snyder

Jim Chatfield