Malus sp. • Ornamental Crab Apple

Malus   Apple / Crabapple  • リンゴ / カイドウ  • 林檎 / 海棠  • ringo / kaidō

SJG has 3 of them, on the northeast end of the Orchard, described in the Plant Book as “15′, blossoms reddish, branches with lichens”, blooming right this very minute, the end of April 2013 in area U:

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SJG • 4/24/13 – Malus sp. • Ornamental Crab Apple; Area U (0rchard)

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SJG • 4/24/13 – Malus sp. • Ornamental Crab Apple; Area U (0rchard) – FLOWER

From Wikipedia:   Malus, apple, is a genus of about 30–55 species of small deciduous trees or shrubs in the family Rosaceae, including the domesticated orchard apple (M. domestica). The other species are generally known as crabapples, crab apples, crabs, or wild apples.

The genus is native to the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere. […]

From Flemings:   Malus or Crab apples must surely be among the most useful of all the ornamental trees, as they are one of the most hardy and easily grown trees available. They are a source of bright spring blossom, many feature edible fruits that are excellent for making jelly and still others feature wonderful autumn tones and highly-coloured ornamental fruits … all in easy-to-grow, small trees that tolerate a wide variety of growing conditions. […]

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