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Malus angustifolia (Aiton) Michx.
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Malus angustifolia
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Malus angustifolia

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Malus angustifolia
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Malus angustifolia

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Malus angustifolia (Ait.) Michx. - Wild Crab Apple

Malus angustifolia plant

Family - Rosaceae

Stems - A small tree to 10m tall. Trunk to 30cm in diameter. Bark thin (-1cm thick), scaly, narrowly ridged, reddish-brown to brownish-gray. Older twigs with round lenticels, grayish-brown. New season's growth tomentose but quickly becoming glabrate. Previous season's twigs frequently tapering to a point and forming "thorns."

Malus angustifolia bark

Leaves - Alternate, petiolate, tomentose when new but quickly glabrate. Petioles pilose, to +1.5cm long, frequently with a pair of linear stipules at the base. Stipules to 2mm long. Petioles with an adaxial groove. Blades ovate-lanceolate, crenate to crenate-serrate, green above, lighter below, with a few reddish glands on the midrib adaxially, to +6cm long, +3cm broad, blunt to acute at the apex.

Malus angustifolia leaves

Inflorescence - 1-4 flowers terminating new season's growth. Pedicels to +/-2cm long, sparse to densely pubescent (pilose), green and reddish-green.

Malus angustifolia inflorescence

Flowers - Petals 5, spreading, pink to white, clawed, 2-2.5cm long total, +/-1cm broad (blade), rounded at the apex. Blade mostly glabrous, claw pilose and with pilose margins. Claw +/-5mm long. Margins of blade slightly erose. Stamens +/-20, well exserted, erect, borne at the apex of the hypanthium. Filaments to +/-1.3cm long, pink to white, glabrous. Anthers yellow to brown, 2mm long. Pollen yellow. Styles 5, borne at the base of the hypanthium, +/-1.3cm long, densely pilose in the basal 1/3, glabrous above, slightly expanded below the stigmas, translucent-white. Stigmas capitate, small. Ovary inferior, 5-carpellate, with 10 ovules. Hypanthium green, glabrous internally and externally, 3-4mm long, campanulate to cupulate, +2mm in diameter. Sepals 5, mostly glabrous and green externally, tomentose internally, subulate, 3-5mm long, to 2mm broad at the base, apiculate.

Malus angustifolia hypanthium Hypanthium.

Malus angustifolia flower

Malus angustifolia flower

Flowering - April - May.

Habitat - Lowland and upland woods and thickets of the Crowley Ridge. Also cultivated.

Origin - Native to U.S.

Other info. - This showy species is rare in Missouri and can be found wild in just one county from the bootheel of the state. It is much more common in cultivation and wild in states to the south and east. The plant can be identified by its ovate-lanceolate leaves, glabrous pedicels and hypanthia, whitish-pink flowers, and small fruits.
The fruits of M. angustifolia are eaten by wildlife. Humans use the fruit to make jelly, preserves, and cider. The wood of the plant is hard and tough and is good for making tool handles and small items.

Photographs taken somewhere in south Alabama, 3-18-06.


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Malus angustifolia (Aiton) Michx.
southern crab apple

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General Information
Symbol: MAAN3
Group: Dicot
Family: Rosaceae
Duration: Perennial
Growth Habit : Shrub
Native Status : L48   N
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Rank Scientific Name and Common Name
Kingdom Plantae – Plants
Subkingdom Tracheobionta – Vascular plants
Superdivision Spermatophyta – Seed plants
Division Magnoliophyta – Flowering plants
Class Magnoliopsida – Dicotyledons
Subclass Rosidae
Order Rosales
Family Rosaceae – Rose family
Genus Malus Mill. – apple
Species Malus angustifolia (Aiton) Michx. – southern crab apple

Subordinate Taxa

The Plants Database includes the following 2 subspecies of Malus angustifolia . Click below on a thumbnail map or name for subspecies profiles. Plant is native (blue) Native Plant is introduced Introduced Plant is introduced Native and Introduced Related taxa legend Distribution of <i>
Malus angustifolia</i>
(Aiton) Michx. var. <i>
angustifolia </i>
Malus angustifolia var. angustifolia
southern crab apple Distribution of <i>
Malus angustifolia</i>
(Aiton) Michx. var. <i>
Malus angustifolia var. puberula
southern crab apple

Legal Status

Threatened and Endangered Information:
This plant is listed by the U.S. federal government or a state. Common names are from state and federal lists. Click on a place name to get a complete protected plant list for that location.
Florida crabapple Threatened
Illinois narrow-leaved crabapple Endangered
Kentucky southern crabapple Special Concern

Wetland Status

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USF Atlas of Florida Vascular Plants (MAAN3)
University of Tennessee Herbarium (Distribution) (MAAN3)



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