Orchard Apple - Malus pumila


Tree growing to 7 meters usually grown domestically for its edible fruit.

Similar Species

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

Photo ID?

Found as an escape from cultivation in various habitats.

When to see it

Flowers in April.

Life History


UK Status

Widespread as an escape from cultivation in Britain.

VC55 Status

Occasional as an escape from cultivation in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

Leicestershire & Rutland Map

UK Map