The Main Plant entry for Apples (Malus)

This database entry exists to show plant data and photos that apply generically to all Apples.

Common names:
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General Plant Information (Edit)
Plant Habit: Tree
Water Preferences: Mesic
Leaves: Deciduous
Fruit: Edible to birds
Flowers: Showy
Flower Time: Spring
Late spring or early summer
Uses: Flowering Tree
Edible Parts: Fruit
Dynamic Accumulator: K (Potassium)
Wildlife Attractant: Bees
Pollinators: Various insects


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Posted by Bonehead (Pacific NW - Zone 8b) on Jun 25, 2017 3:17 PM

Washington State designated the apple as its state fruit in 1989, the year of its centennial. Washington grows over 40% of U.S. apples, and is also the top producer of U.S. organic apples. Although most commercial orchards are located in east or central Washington, I have had great luck with my inherited no-name apples on the cooler west side. The only problem I've noted is occasional tent caterpillars, which can defoliate a tree in bad years, but don't seem to kill it. An apple a day keeps the doctor away!

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Feb 8, 2012 1:29 PM

Honey bees get nectar from this plant.

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Posted by Mindy03 (Delta KY) on Mar 25, 2012 4:13 PM

Valuable source of nectar and pollen for honey bees. They collect honeydew from this plant sometimes in Summer.

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Posted by robertduval14 (Mason, New Hampshire - Zone 5b) on Apr 20, 2013 9:15 AM

The apple blossom is the state flower of Arkansas and Michigan.

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Discussion Threads about this plant
Thread Title Last Reply Replies
Moved to generic malus by Calif_Sue Feb 17, 2017 2:51 AM 1
Need help to identify species (Binomial name if possible) 3 by NightCrow Jan 21, 2019 4:54 PM 3
How about some frosty pics? by Bonehead Dec 23, 2018 1:03 PM 26
Malus domestica? by andyspeak Sep 11, 2018 3:10 AM 0
Help identifying tree in Montana by Kathymtucker Sep 12, 2018 1:16 AM 6
Unknown bush identification.. Weed, bush? by MassScott Aug 1, 2018 10:00 AM 2
Gala apple in central florida by Johnfin Jul 29, 2018 11:01 AM 6
Bagworms WANTED: yes you read it right! by GregC Nov 28, 2018 12:58 PM 17
Bug spoiled a whole plant, spreading to others, flying on house wall by ramyagaddam Jun 21, 2018 9:00 AM 8
Tree ID - multiple photos by azriley Jun 14, 2018 4:26 PM 1
What tree is this? by AnnicaR Jun 2, 2018 5:11 AM 1

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