Huge Crab

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.

The Appearance

A medium-sized deciduous tree with a rounded crown and dark green, lobed leaves. It produces large, bright red crabapples in autumn.


The Produce

The tree's small red or yellow crab apples are not only ornamental but also edible, with a sweet and tangy flavour.


The Flowers

Produces clusters of white to pink flowers in spring, which are followed by the large crabapples in autumn.


The Leaves

The size of the leaves varies but can be relatively large.


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 pollinators and fruit-eating birds.


The Culture

Valued for its ornamental appeal and large crabapples, which can be used in cooking and preserves.


Fun Facts

The Huge Crab is prized for its large, brightly colored fruit and attractive flowers, making it a popular choice for ornamental planting.

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