Europe, Asia and North America all have native species of crabapple. On the other hand, apples are an Old World plant, brought to the Americas by immigrants. Different species of apple trees grow throughout USDA zones 4 through 10, depending on variety, but there are no native American apples.
Malus baccata is an Asian species of apple known by the common names Siberian crab apple, Siberian crab, Manchurian crab apple and Chinese crab apple. It is native to much of northern Asia, but is also grown elsewhere as an ornamental tree and for rootstock. It is used for bonsai.
Malus floribunda, commonly called Japanese crabapple, is an old favorite which produces one of the best flowering displays in mid-spring of any of the crabapples. A dense, broad-spreading, deciduous tree which typically grows 15-25' tall and to 18-30' wide.
Malus fusca is a deciduous tree up to 13 metres (43 ft) tall. Leaves are up to 10 cm (4 inches) long. Flowers are white or pale pink, blooming in Spring. The fruits are small round apple-shaped pomes, red, yellow, or yellow-green. Uses. The fruit can be eaten raw or cooked, however it has an acidic flavor raw.
definition : crab-apple Malus ( or ) is a genus of about 30–55 species of small deciduous apple trees or shrubs in the family Rosaceae, including the domesticated orchard apple (M. pumila). The other species are generally known as crabapples, crab apples or wild apples.
Malus halliana is an East Asian crabapple species of Malus, known by the common name Hall crabapple. Its Chinese name is chui si hai tang. It is generally considered to be a native tree of China, although some authors maintain that it is native to Japan, and was introduced into China.
Malus hupehensis is native to China. It was brought to the attention of western gardeners by collectors from the Arnold Arboretum in Massachusetts, USA, in the early 20th century. It is sometimes known as the Tea crab-apple, because the leaves could be used like tea-leaves.
Cultivation: Plum-Leaved Crab Apple adapts to full or partial sun, moist to dry-mesic conditions, and a variety of soil types, including loam, clay-loam, silty loam, and sandy loam. It is vulnerable to a variety of disease organisms that can affect the leaves or fruit.
Malus sargentii, commonly known as Sargent crabapple as a dense, spreading, horizontally-branched, deciduous, multi-stemmed shrub that may technically be grown as a dwarf tree. As a shrub, it typically grows 6-8' tall with no central leader and spreads to 15' wide.
The genus Malus is included in Annex 1 of the International Treaty on Plant Genetic Resources for Food and Agriculture (ITPGRFA), which promotes sustainable agriculture and food security through the conservation and sustainable use of plant genetic resources for food and agriculture, and the fair and equitable sharing of the benefits arising from their use (FAO 2009).
Put the dried apple on the top of a craft stick or chop stick. Push whole cloves into the apple for eyes and a nose. Use small pieces of fabric to dress the witch in a cape. Some yarn or dried hay glued on the top of the apple will make hair. Craft a fall wreath. Peel a crabapple and core it so that you have a hole through its center.
Malus angustifolia Michx., Southern crab apple is commonly found from southern Virginia south to northern Florida, west to Louisiana, and north to Arkansas. Southern crabapple is a shrub or small tree, 20 to 30 feet in height, with a short trunk 8 to 10 inches in diameter; with rigid, spreading branches forming a broad, rounded, open crown.
Apple flavor ranges from sweet to tart, depending on variety and the use the variety is typically put to. Crabapple flavor ranges from tart to extremely tart. Apples can be eaten raw or cooked. Crabapples are typically cooked with sugar to minimize the tartness.