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Malus sylvestris

Pommier sauvage
Crab Apple

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Plant family

Area

Sainte Baume

Flower colour

white

Flower size

30-40 mm

Flowering months

April,

May

Leaf type

Elliptic

Height

8 m

Description

The name Malus sylvestris means ‘Forest Apple’. It was at first thought that the Malus sylvestris was the ancestor of our domestic apple. Not so, our domestic apple came from central Asia, Malus sieversii.

A thorny tree. Wet locations at boundary edge of forests.

Malus sylvestris is sometimes used as rootstock for domestic apples, or planted in apple orchards for pollination purposes.

Flowers

Flowers, 5 rounded petals, large and fragrant, white inside, flushed with pink outside.

Leaves

Elliptic oval leaf. Oval, serrated, tapering to a point.

Fruits Seeds

Pome: a fleshy enlarged receptacle with a tough central core containing seeds, green and glossy, 2-3 cm.

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