About This Plant

Malus spectabilis, also known as the Chinese flowering crab-apple, is a deciduous tree native to China, valued for its ornamental qualities. It typically reaches heights of 15 to 25 feet (4.5 to 7.5 meters) with a rounded crown.

The Story


The leaves of Malus spectabilis are simple, alternate, and serrated, with a bright green colour. They provide a lush backdrop to the vibrant blossoms during the growing season.


Its most striking feature is the profusion of fragrant pink to red blossoms that cover the tree in spring, creating a breath-taking display. After the blossoms fade, they give way to small apple-like fruits that come in various colours, including yellow and red, depending on the cultivar. They are also sometimes used for making jams and jellies and hold cultural significance in certain regions.
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