Theodore Payne California Native Plant Database




Malus fusca

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Species Name: Malus fusca
Common Name: Crab Apple

Birds will probably devour purple fruit before you can collect it. Fruit are a good source of pectin. Thorny branches protect bird's nests from four-footed predators.

Plant Family: Rosaceae
Plant Type: Shrub or small tree
Height by Width: Up to 36' H
Growth Habit: Upright
Deciduous/Evergreen: Winter deciduous
Growth Rate: Slow
Sun Exposure: Full to part sun
Soil Preference: Well-draining
Water Requirements: Moderate to regular
Cold Hardy to: 15 degrees F
Flower Season: Spring
Flower Color: White
Endangered?:
Distribution: North Coast, North Outer Coastal Ranges, Cascade Range Foothills, north Central Coast.
Natural Habitat: Moist open coniferous forest. Less than 2,400 ft elevation.

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