Malus fusca (Raf.) C.K. Schneid.
Oregon Crabapple, Pacific Crabapple
Rosaceae (Rose Family)
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.
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Bloom InformationBloom Color: White , Pink
Bloom Time: Apr , May
DistributionUSA: AK , CA , OR , WA
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
Value to Beneficial InsectsSpecial Value to Native Bees
Special Value to Bumble Bees
Special Value to Honey Bees
This information was provided by the Pollinator Program at The Xerces Society for Invertebrate Conservation.
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National Wetland Indicator Status
From the National Organizations DirectoryAccording to the species list provided by Affiliate Organizations, this plant is on display at the following locations:
Santa Barbara Botanic Garden - Santa Barbara, CA
Native Seed Network - Corvallis, OR
Additional resourcesUSDA: Find Malus fusca in USDA Plants
FNA: Find Malus fusca in the Flora of North America (if available)
Google: Search Google for Malus fusca
MetadataRecord Modified: 2007-01-01
Research By: TWC Staff