Malus hupehensis tea crabapple Rosaceae MAHU*; Bx, vc (Z. Wang, 4/2017);

Malus hupehensis, Arnold Arboretum tree. IMG_6008. commons.wikimedia.org

Malus hupehensis, Arnold Arboretum tree. IMG_6008. commons.wikimedia.org (Accessed 4/2017).

Malus hupehensis is a small deciduous tree to 8 m. tall; branches stiff and spreading, young twigs hairy becoming smooth with age. Winter buds egg-shaped with several overlapping scales

Leaves alternate, egg-shaped 5-10 cm long, tip tapered to point, margins sharply, finely toothed; young leaves hairy on veins below, older leaves hairless; leaf stalks 1-3 cm long.

Malus hupehensis (tea crabapple).flowers. © Red Planet Inc. cirrusimage.com

Malus hupehensis (tea crabapple).flowers. © Red Planet Inc. cirrusimage.com (Accessed 4/2017).

Flowers white to slightly pink,  from deep pink buds, fragrant, 3.5-4 cm wide, flower stalks slender, 3-4 cm long, petals 5, broadly egg-shaped, widest above middle, slightly notched at top; styles 3, occasionally 4; sepals purplish, triangular to egg-shaped, tip pointed, flower stalks (pedicels) slender 3-4 cm long; inflorescences of 3-7 flowers in umbrella-like clusters.

Malus hupehensis fruit. W. Mark, J. Reimer and C. Stubler. The Urban Forest Ecosystems Institute (UFEI). selectree.calpoly.edu (Accessed 4/2017).

Fruit yellow green with red sides or entirely red, about 1 cm wide. flower parts mostly deciduous (Rehder 1990; Dirr 1990; Gargiullo personal observation).

Wetland status: NL. 

Frequency in NYC: Very infrequent. 

Origin: China. 

Habitat:  Escaped from cultivation or in overgrown old house sites.

Notes: Apparently becoming invasive.