Malus genus

Common Names: Crabapple, flowering crabapple, wild apple
Category: Trees
Sub-category: Apples

A genus of about 30 to 55 species of small deciduous apple trees or shrubs in the family Rosaceae, including the domesticated orchard apple (M. pumila). The other species are generally known as crabapples. Apple trees are typically 4 to 12 m tall at maturity, with a dense, twiggy crown. The leaves are 3 to 10 cm long, alternate, simple, with a serrated margin. The flowers are borne in corymbs, and have five petals, which may be white, pink or red, and are perfect, with usually red stamens that produce copious pollen, and a half-inferior ovary. The fruit is a globose pome, varying in size from 1 to 4 cm diameter in most of the wild species, and larger in cultivated orchard apples. The center of the fruit contains five carpels arranged star-like, each containing one or two seeds. Due to hybridization and variation when grown from seed, it is nearly impossible to identify crabapples as a specific species.

Apple (and crabapple) trees can be found scattered throughout New England in cultivated orchards, residential areas, and former orchards and farmlands.

Edible Notes: Although somewhat sour and small, crab apples are edible and once commonly used to make apple sauce. Though some crabapples can be too bitter.
Warnings: Not known to be dangerous.
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