This is my first full year in the company of three standards of Cinderella crab apple; by the time I received them last Spring they were already in flower. Cinderella is a dwarf and, in contrast to its belle-of-the-ball cultivar name, in Winter its leafless branches, thick and gnarly, reach skyward like claws of a barely closed fist: perfect for catching heavy Winter snows and displaying them securely.
In Spring, the foliage returns the canopy to full fluffiness. It is soon spangled with bright red buds that, when opened, are snow white. How do they change from one color to the other?