Crabapple - In the Garden - April

Plant Magic: A Year of Green Wisdom for Pagans & Wiccans - Sandra Kynes 2017

In the Garden

American Crabapple (Malus coronaria syn. Pyrus coronaria)

*Also known as sweet crabapple and wild crabapple

The crabapple is a small tree with a short, crooked trunk. This unassuming little tree puts on a great display of flowers that can range from white to pink to rose-tinged. The flowers grow in groups of two to six on short, spur-like branches. The leaves are oval and coarsely toothed. In August, the little green crabapples become noticeable, and in the autumn they turn red as they ripen. Less than two inches across, the fruit is edible but slightly bitter or sour. For these reasons, crabapples are usually overlooked for eating; however, when cooked they make excellent jams, jellies, fruit fillings, chutneys, and applesauce.

The Celts used their native crabapple for food and for the production of an alcoholic drink. This tree also held an important place in Celtic mythology. The legendary Avalon, Isle of Apples, and the place where King Arthur was taken to recover from his wounds, was most likely populated by wild crabapple trees. In weather folklore, a heavy crop of fruit in the autumn means a hard winter will follow.

Use crabapple blossoms in spells to invite abundance and prosperity to your home. Before performing a spell to attract a lover, prepare yourself with a bath by sprinkling a handful of flower petals in the water. When you are finished bathing, collect the petals and place them in a bowl on your altar.

When interacting with fairies, carry a branch or wand made from a crabapple tree as it helps open the way to their realm. The branch also provides magical protection. Additionally, hold a branch or wand while doing spells for protection or hang it over your altar. When seeking knowledge to make an important decision, light a candle and meditate as you sit in front of your altar holding a crabapple leaf in each hand.

Associated with Beltane, crabapple blossoms are a traditional and symbolic flower to place on the sabbat altar. If your tree blooms too early for the sabbat, place a few flowers in a container in the freezer, and then bring them out just before your ritual.

Crabapple is associated with the elements air and water. Its astrological influence comes from Venus. This tree is associated with fairies and the following deities: Aphrodite, Apollo, Athena, Badb, Cailleach Bheur, Diana, Dionysus, Eros, Flora, Freya, Hera, Lugh, Macha, Manannan, Rhiannon, Venus, and Zeus.



Figure 10. Crabapple is associated with the ogham Quert (left) and the rune Inguz (right).