Crab Apple - Malus sylvestris


Shrub or tree to 10 metres. Flowers pinkish or white 30 to 40 mm in rounded clusters, fragrant. Fruit the familiar apple, usually yellow or yellow/green.

Similar Species

Orchard Apple (Malus pumila) is similar but has hairy leaf undersurfaces and petioles and larger fruit, whereas Crab Apple (Malus sylvestris) has glabrous leaves, small fruits (often yellow) and occasional thorns.

Photo ID?

Woods and hedgerows.

When to see it

May to June.

Life History


UK Status

Quite common in most of Britain.

VC55 Status

Quite common in Leicestershire and Rutland. In the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire it was found in 494 of the 617 tetrads.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map