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Malus coronaria (L.) P. Mill.
Sweet crabapple, American crab
Synonyms: Pyrus coronaria
USDA Symbol: maco5
USDA Native Status: Native to U.S.
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.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Tree Autumn Foliage:
Green Size Class:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: May , Jun
AL , AR , DC , DE , GA , IL , IN , KS , KY , LA , MD , MI , MO , NC , NJ , NY , OH , PA , SC , TN , VA , WI , WV , WY 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
PropagationDescription: Interesting variations in flower color can be obtained by growing Malus spp. from seed.
Seed Collection: Not Available
Seed Treatment: Seed dormancy can be overcome by cold stratification (37-41 degrees for 30-120 days).
Commercially Avail: yes
From the National Suppliers Directory
According to the inventory provided by Associate Suppliers, this plant is available at the following locations:
American Native Nursery
- Quakertown, PA
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Record Modified: 2012-05-07
Research By: TWC Staff