Malus hupehensis - Tea Crab Apple

  • A wild fruit from the Hupeh province of China, the Malus hupehensis can make a good display in your garden due to a number of factors. It is versatile, drought tolerant and produces attractive, fragranced flowers from pinkish coloured buds in the Spring. In the late Autumn the tree has edible cherry sized, light brown apples, soft when ripe which provide food for the birds as well as you. The fruit can be used in conserves or eaten raw. During November, the trees fall colour is in spectacular shades of orange. It is well suitable for bonsai or even for the patio if keeping it in a large pot!

Other common names:   Chinese Crab Apple
Native to:     Hupeh (province of China)
Family:     Rosaceae (Rose Family)
Habit (UK conditions):  small to medium sized tree  (depending on growing conditions)
Max. size in 10 years:   5m x 3m
Main value:    small, round, red fruits
Flower colour:    white
Flowering period:   April-May
Autumn coloration:    orange to yellow
Preferences:    wide range of soils, full sun (somewhat drought tolerant)
Hardiness:    it is hardy in the UK and most of Europe
Is it toxic?    no
Is it edible?    yes, fruits are edible raw or processed

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