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Crabapple Hill is one of a number of plantings Beatrix Farrand planned to feature a variety of similar blooms en masse. This hillside, located north of the swimming pool, is covered with crabapples and edged with low shrubs. The trees are planted in approximately four rows, in a triangular shape stretching down the slope. A pathway intersects the crabapples, cutting north from the swimming pool to the Ellipse. For groundcover, Farrand suggested a blend of honeysuckle, Vinca, and ivy. The informal design of Crabapple Hill was chosen to offset the strict formality of its neighboring garden areas, North Vista and the Ellipse.

Pool Terrace and Crabapple Hill planting plan, 1959
Swimming Pool terrace and Crabapple Hill planting plan, 1959 for the Dumbarton Oaks Gardens, Washington, D.C.