Pacific Crabapple (Malus fusca) in the Apples Database

Common names:
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Botanical names:
Malus fusca Accepted
Malus rivularis Synonym
Malus fusca var. levipes Synonym

General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Life cycle: Perennial
Sun Requirements: Full Sun
Full Sun to Partial Shade
Water Preferences: Wet Mesic
Mesic
Soil pH Preferences: Slightly acid (6.1 – 6.5)
Neutral (6.6 – 7.3)
Slightly alkaline (7.4 – 7.8)
Minimum cold hardiness: Zone 3 -40 °C (-40 °F) to -37.2 °C (-35)
Maximum recommended zone: Zone 8b
Plant Height: 20 to 40 feet
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Showy
Edible to birds
Other: Small red, yellow or yellow-green apple-like pomes.
Flowers: Showy
Fragrant
Flower Color: Pink
White
Bloom Size: Under 1"
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Underground structures: Taproot
Uses: Flowering Tree
Medicinal Herb
Edible Parts: Fruit
Eating Methods: Raw
Cooked
Dynamic Accumulator: K (Potassium)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Toxicity: Other: Bark containes cyanide producing compounds.
Pollinators: Various insects
Conservation status: Least Concern (LC)

Conservation status:
Conservation status: Least Concern
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Posted by Bonehead (Planet Earth - Zone 8b) on Oct 24, 2017 8:47 PM

Native in the Pacific NW, from Alaska to California, mostly west of the Cascade Mountains. Found in moist woods, swamps, and open canyons in low to mid elevations. Caterpillars feed on the leaves, while birds and small mammals eat the fruit. The apples may be eaten fresh, although they are quite tart. Due to their high acidity, they keep well and become softer and sweeter as they age. Crabapples are often planted in commercial apple orchards to facilitate pollination. The wood is chipped for smoking, or added to fires for a sweet scent. The bark may be used medicinally, although caution should be taken as it contains cyanid-producing compounds.

It is said that if one tosses a pip into the fire while saying the name of your beloved, if the pip explodes, your love will be true.

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