Malus angustifolia (Ait.) Michx. - Southern Crab Apple

Malus angustifolia plant

Family - Rosaceae

Stems:

Malus angustifolia bark

Leaves:

Malus angustifolia leaves

Inflorescence:

Malus angustifolia inflorescence

Flowers:

Malus angustifolia hypanthium

Malus angustifolia flower

Malus angustifolia flower

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.
Plants in Alabama belong to variety angustifolia.
The genus name Malus derives from the Latin "mal(us)" and is the classical name for an apple.
The species epithet angustifolia derives from the Latin "angust(i)" meaning "narrow" and "foli" meaning "a leaf" referring to the sometimes narrow leaves of this species (as compared to other species).

Alabama Distribution:

Malus angustifolia map

Photographs taken off Hwy 82 west, Bullock County, AL., 3-18-06.


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