Malus baccata Siberian crab-apple Rosaceae PYBA*; Bx, br, sd, pb; NY; Q, a, cu, dp, f; R, is;



Malus (Accessed 1/2015).

Malus baccata is a tree to 14 m (usually much smaller), slender, twigs smooth. 

Leaves alternate, elliptic to egg-shaped, tip long pointed, base rounded to wedge-shaped, often hairy below, especially when young, margin finely toothed. 

Flowers white, about 3 cm wide, sepals hairless, lobes long-pointed, stalks 2-4 cm. 

Fruit fleshy, red or yellow, rounded to 1 cm wide,  calyx deciduous, persistent into winter. Frost often turns fruit bright, translucent red.  

Wetland status: NL. 

Frequency in NYC: Infrequent. 

Origin: E. Asia. 

Habitat: Escapes in old fields, roadsides, second growth woods, edges or found in overgrown horticultural plantings (many horticultural hybrids and cultivars). Similar to P. malus which has a persistent calyx.  

Notes: For other Malus spp. See Pyrus malus.