Plant ID forum→ID of wild Prunus species

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Spring, Texas
Perrywinkle
Apr 3, 2021 8:44 PM CST
Hello everyone. I live in East Texas and near my house there are lots of what seem to be wild cherry blossoms. The trees look very much like a member of the Prunus genus and they even produce fruit that look like plums. However, they look different from our native Prunus species, Prunus mexicana. In fact, I have looked through pictures of some native Prunus species in the US and still can't find a match.

It's possible they may be an Asian species that escaped from someone's garden long ago and done quite well for themselves. The only reason, in my mind, that they appear to be native is because I have found some very old looking specimens in the woods, as well as other random places.


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Name: Kelly
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KellyFW
Apr 3, 2021 9:31 PM CST
I think it is a crab apple.
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DaisyI
Apr 3, 2021 9:54 PM CST
Yes, a Crabapple. Maybe Texas Crabapple - Malus ioensis var. texana
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Spring, Texas
Perrywinkle
Apr 3, 2021 10:49 PM CST
Oh wow you guys are right. I was wrong about it being a plum.
Spring, Texas
Perrywinkle
Apr 3, 2021 10:56 PM CST
Malus ioensis or Malus angustifolia seem to be the most likely species. Malus ioensis isn't mapped to grow in the part of the state where I live, but there could be disjunct populations. IMO, the flowers look more similar to Malus angustifolia.

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