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.

Q is for Quince

Quince, Cydonia oblonga, is the sole member of the genus Cydonia in the family Rosaceae. The quince, is a small deciduous tree that bears a pome fruit, similar in appearance to a pear, and bright golden-yellow when mature. Wikipedia

Throughout history the cooked fruit has been used as food, but the tree is also grown for its attractive pale pink blossom and other ornamental qualities. Unfortunately I haven’t got a photo of the blossom, so hope that the fruit will do.

In the famous children’s poem, The Owl and the Pussycat by Edward Lear (1871),

“they dined on mince and slices of quince
Which they ate with a runcible spoon;
And hand in hand, on the edge of the sand,
They danced by the light of the moon…”