60. Crab Apple Trees

(Malus species and hybrids)

Family: Rosaceae


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Eighteen different kinds of crabapple trees decorate the area around Drumheller Fountain and the rose garden. First to bloom each spring is the Manchurian (M. baccata var. mandshurica) displaying fragrant snow white blossoms against rich green leaves. Last to leaf-out and flower is Malus yunnanensis var. Veitchii, with creamy white flowers of unpleasant odor. In fall, the showiest, most persistent fruits are the bright red ones of the large cherry crabapple (M. x robusta). Except for the sweet garland crabapple (M. coronaria), all began in Asia--including varieties of American origin whose parents were Asian species.

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