Malus coronaria (L.) P. Mill.
Sweet crabapple, American crab
Rosaceae (Rose Family)
A 20-30 ft. tree
with a short trunk and wide-spreading head. Flowers are white, tinged with rose. Yellow-green fruit
is not showy by ornamental standards.
The common crabapple of the Ohio Valley, it is sometimes planted as an ornamental. Double-flowered varieties have a greater number of larger and deeper pink flowers. The fruit
can be made into preserves and cider.
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Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Tree Autumn Foliage:
Green Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun
AL , AR , DE , GA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MD , MI , MO , NJ , NY , NC , OH , PA , SC , TN , VA , WV , WI , WY , DC Canada: BC
, ON Native Distribution:
C. NY to s. WI, s. to DE, upland NC, GA & TN & n.e. AR Native Habitat:
Stream banks; open woods; woodland edges USDA Native Status: L48(N), CAN(N)
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Part Shade
Soil Moisture: Moist
Soil Description: Moist soils.
Conditions Comments: Very susceptible to rust.
BenefitUse Wildlife: Crabapple thickets provide nesting sites, shelter, and food for large and small birds.
Conspicuous Flowers: yes