Malus angustifolia (Ait.) Michx. - Southern Crab Apple
Family - Rosaceae
Flowering - March - May.
Habitat - Low woodland borders, fence rows, old fields, thickets, roadsides.
Origin - Native to U.S.
Other information - This attractive species can be found throughout much of Alabama. The plant can be identified by its scaly bark, lanceolate-ovate leaves, glabrous hypanthia, and large, whitish-pink flowers. This species does produce a tart, edible fruit which can be made into jellies and jams. The fruits are eaten by all types of wildlife. The wood of this species is hard and tough and can be used for small projects.
Photographs taken off Hwy 82 west, Bullock County, AL., 3-18-06.