Trees of Alabama and the Southeast

Lisa Samuelson, Ph.D.
School of Forestry and Wildlife Sciences
Auburn University

Southern Crabapple
Malus angustifolia
Rosaceae

Leaves are simple, alternate, deciduous, and elliptical with finely toothed margins. Some leaves may be lobed. Twigs are red-brown, hairy and with spur shoots often bearing thorns. Bark is gray-brown to red-brown and scaly. Flowers are pink-white, fragrant and showy in early spring. Fruit is a round, apple-like pome. Form is a shrub or small tree up to 9 m (30 ft) in height, often forming thickets. Southern crabapple is found in moist, well-drained woodlands in the South. The fruits are used in jellies and eaten eaten by many animals including deer, turkey and grouse. Cultivars are available for landscaping.

Photographs by Mike Hogan.

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