Chinese Crab

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 Appearance

A small deciduous tree with a rounded crown and dark green, serrated leaves. It produces clusters of white or pink flowers followed by small, red or yellow fruits.


The Produce

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.


The Flowers

Produces clusters of white or pink flowers in spring, followed by small, red or yellow fruits in autumn.


The Leaves

They provide a lush backdrop to the vibrant blossoms during the growing season.


The Bark

The bark is smooth and gray, becoming more fissured with age.


The Habitat

Prefers well-drained soils and full sun. Commonly found in gardens and parks.


The Ecology

Provides habitat and food for various wildlife, including birds and insects. The fruits are eaten by birds.


The Culture

Valued for its ornamental flowers and fruits. Often planted in gardens and parks.


Fun Facts

Chinese Crab is known for its attractive flowers and fruits, which are often used in ornamental crafts and culinary dishes.

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