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Malus angustifolia
Conservation status
Scientific classification
Genus:
Malus
Species:
angustifolia
Malus angustifolia range map.jpg
Natural range
Synonyms
  • Pyrus angustifolia Aiton 1789
  • Malus coronaria var. puberula Rehder
  • Pyrus angustifolia var. puberula (Rehder) L.H.Bailey
  • Pyrus angustifolia var. spinosa (Rehder) L.H.Bailey

Malus angustifolia, or southern crabapple, is a species of crabapple native to the eastern and south-central United States from Florida west to eastern Texas and north to New Jersey, Pennsylvania, Illinois and Missouri.

Malus angustifolia is a tree sometimes attaining a height of 10 meters (33 feet). The trunk can have a diameter up to 25 cm (10 inches). Flowers are pink, with a pleasant scent. The fruits are up to 3 cm (1.2 inches) in diameter, and have an aromatic scent and a pear-like shape. They are astringent and acidic and not palatable when raw, but can be used to make jellies, jams and food preserves. They are also eaten by various wildlife.

The tree is grown as an ornamental plant.

Varieties
  • Malus angustifolia var. angustifolia
  • Malus angustifolia var. puberula (Rehder) Rehder
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