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Malus fusca (Raf.) C.K. Schneid.
Oregon crabapple, Pacific Crabapple
Synonym(s): Malus diversifolia, Malus fusca var. levipes, Pyrus fusca, Pyrus rivularis
USDA Symbol: mafu
Small tree, often with several trunks and many branches, or a thicket-forming shrub; sometimes spiny.
The only western species of crabapple has oblong fruit; the three eastern species have round fruit. The strong wood can be made into superior tool handles. The fruit is used for jellies and preserves and was once eaten by Indians; grouse and other birds consume the crabapples in quantity.
Plant CharacteristicsDuration: Perennial Habit: Tree Autumn Foliage:
Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May
, WA Canada: BC Native Distribution:
S. Alaska south near Pacific Coast to NW. California; to 1000 (305 m). Native Habitat:
Along streams and valleys; also on low slopes and in coniferous forests.
Growing ConditionsLight Requirement: Sun
Soil Moisture: Moist , Wet
BenefitConspicuous Flowers: yes
Fragrant Flowers: yes
National Wetland Indicator Status
|Status:|| FACW || FAC || FACW |
This information is derived from the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers National Wetland Plant List, Version 3.1
(Lichvar, R.W. 2013. The National Wetland Plant List: 2013 wetland ratings. Phytoneuron 2013-49: 1-241). Click here
for map of regions.
From the National Organizations Directory
According to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is either on display or available from the following:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden
- Santa Barbara, CANative Seed Network
- Corvallis, OR
Record Last Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff