About This Plant

Malus hupehensis, also known as the tea crab apple or Hupeh crab apple, is a deciduous tree native to China. It grows to about 20-30 feet (6-9 meters) with a rounded crown and dark green leaves that turn yellow in the fall. This versatile tree can thrive in various soil types and environmental conditions, making it a popular choice in gardens and landscapes for its beauty and potential fruit production, which can attract wildlife.

The Story


Typically, these leaves are broad, with an elliptical or ovate shape, showcasing serrated edges. The size of the leaves varies but can be relatively large. The foliage is often deciduous, and in autumn, the crab leaves undergo a captivating transformation, displaying an array of vibrant colours ranging from deep reds and oranges to bright yellows.


In spring, it produces fragrant, pink-tinged white flowers that attract pollinators. The tree’s small red or yellow crab apples are not only ornamental but also edible, with a sweet and tangy flavour.
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