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.
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.
Woods and hedgerows.
May to June.
Quite common in most of Britain.
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
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