Pyrus pumila  (Malus p.) paradise apple Rosaceae PYPU*; Bx, pb, sf; Q; K; R, hs (1);

  

Pyrus pumila.Arthur Haines.New England Wild Flower Society.gobotany.newenglandwild.org. (Accessed 9/2014).

Pyrus pumila.Arthur Haines.New England Wild Flower Society.gobotany.newenglandwild.org. (Accessed 9/2014).

Pyrus pumila is a small tree to 15 m tall, buds hairy, young twigs wooly-hairy. 

Leaves alternate, elliptic, to 10 x 5.5 cm, tip pointed, margin toothed, hairy below, leaf stalks hairy, stout, to 3 cm long. 

Flowers pinkish-white, calyx wooly-hairy, styles, hairy above. 

Fruit fleshy with cartilaginous, seedy core, round, 2 cm wide or more, impressed at top and base, calyx persistent, stalk hairy. Parent species of some cultivated apples. 

Wetland status: NL. 

Frequency in NYC: Infrequent. 

Origin: Western Asia, S. Russia 

Habitat: Not often naturalized. More often encountered in overgrown orchards or house sites.