Cut-leaf crabapple

Malus transitoria, the cut-leaved crab apple (photographed at RHS Wisley)

Malus transitoria, the cut-leaf crabapple, on account of the shape of its leaves, comes from north-western China. It features a mass of tiny white flowers borne in spring, followed by dense clusters of small yellow fruitlets in the autumn. The autumn leaf colours are particularly pronounced in this species.


12 Comments Add yours

  1. Colline says:

    The fruit looks interesting

    1. Heyjude says:

      Small yellow cherries!

      1. Colline says:

        Cherries. I wouldn’t have thought it.

        1. Heyjude says:

          They are not actual cherries, but cherry size if you know what I mean, so much smaller than a lot of crabapples. Sorry to confuse you :-/

  2. Sue Slaght says:

    It’s so pretty Jude. Here we ( not me personally) make jelly from our red crab apples. Are these edible?

    1. Heyjude says:

      Not sure Sue. I think they are, but like all crabapples they are very bitter; this one is mainly grown for the colour and of course birds love the fruits (they are very small fruits like cherries)

  3. Lucid Gypsy says:

    The crabs with small fruit are so pretty, it would be nice to have space for one!

  4. A spectacular header. And a little bit of sunshine at berry time.

  5. pommepal says:

    They look like miniature oranges Jude, happy colour.

  6. Beautiful image, Jude. They look like tiny lemons. 🙂

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