A wild fruit from the Yunnan province of China, the Malus yunnanensis 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: Yunnan Crab Apple Native to: Yunnan (province of China) Family: Rosaceae (Rose Family) Habit (UK conditions): small, rounded tree Max. size in 10 years: 3m x 2m Main value: small, rounded, creamy, then orange-red-brown 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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