This is not a question, but comments and corrections are very welcome. I remember a newspaper article a few years ago that said that most people think the crab apples are cherries (I just met one of those people today), so Iâ€™m including them here for information. There seem to be hundreds of these trees in the Vancouver West End. The crab apples are mostly small (the one's I've seen), round-shaped densely branched trees with green leaves fully out about a month before the buds are clearly visible. The bark does not have the cherry tree horizontal stripes. The dense clusters of bright red buds that stand out against the green leaves make the tree look like some sort of Christmas ornament. The smallish single white blossoms are an anti-climax, though the trees still look interesting with both buds and open blossoms. There are some varieties that open to much more exciting deep pink single blossoms.