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Secrest Arboretum Crabapples Could Hit Peak Starting This Weekend (May 5-6)

May 3, 2007

WOOSTER, Ohio — Bowed but unbroken by late snow and cold, battered by rain and hail just two days ago, Secrest Arboretum’s 500-plus crabapple trees stand poised to bloom and could hit their peak as soon as this weekend (May 5-6).


“Things are really going to move along each day,” says Arboretum Curator Ken Cochran about the blossoms’ progress. “Depending on the weather, the peak should be sometime between Saturday (May 5) and the middle of next week.”

Located on the Wooster campus of Ohio State University’s Ohio Agricultural Research and Development Center (OARDC), 1680 Madison Ave., Secrest Arboretum is home to what’s called the world’s greatest crabapple collection, with hundreds of trees in the “Crablandia” I and II research plots and dozens on display around campus.

Not every crab will look great, Cochran notes. Some got zapped by Ohio’s spring freeze, suffering dead leaves, branches, flower buds or all three but otherwise staying alive and kicking.

Don’t be alarmed by any dieback you see, Cochran says.

Admission to the campus and arboretum is free and open to the public seven days a week, dawn to dusk.

Get details and directions at or call (330) 263-3761.

On Saturday, May 5, the arboretum will host Plant Discovery Day, an annual event now in its 14th year with sales and auctions of plants and art. Hours are 9 a.m.-3 p.m. Admission is free. Look for most activities in and around Fisher Auditorium on campus.

See and learn more about the arboretum’s crabapples on a free public Ornamental Crabapple Walk, 4-5:30 p.m., Monday, May 7, led by horticulture specialist Jim Chatfield of the OSU Extension Center at Wooster and starting from the arboretum visitor pavilion on Williams Road.

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Editor: For a color image of a Candymint crabapple flower in Secrest Arboretum, contact Kurt Knebusch, (330) 263-3776,, or download it at (scroll to the press release).

Kurt Knebusch
Ken Cochran