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Malus tschonoskii- Pillar Apple, Chonosuki Crab


  • This species is often grown for its foliage rather than for its flowers or fruits. However, it still displays a nice white array of flowers in April-May, which are preceded by attractive pink flowers buds and then followed by 2-3cm wide, slightly flattened, pale red and yellow, dotted fruits. They are a bit gritty, but perfectly edible raw or cooked. It attracts a lot of wildlife. It has a distinctive columnar habit with relatively large leaves, which unlike a crabapple, turns to a vivid orange and fiery red from mid-October and the fruits may last on the tree longer than the leaves.


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