apple Rosaceae Malus spp. Mill. Listen to the Latin symbol: MALUS Other Fact Sheets
Leaf: Alternate, simple, elliptical to ovate, 1 1/2 to 3 inches, pinnately veined, finely serrated, sometimes borne on spur shoots, green above and paler, white pubescent below and on the petiole.
Flower: Perfect, showy, may be white to red in color, with 5 petals for each flower; appear in the spring, usually in umbels.
Fruit: Pomes of various sizes and color (cultivar dependent) ranging from yellow to red when ripe in the fall.
Twig: Moderate in thickness, brown to gray, rapid growth usually gray hairy, generally many spur shoots; buds plump ovate, gray hairy.
Bark: Variable, generally smooth when young, later thin and scaly.
Form: Generally poor, with twisted trunks and low branching; spur shoots are prominent. When unpruned, numerous sucker shoots form along trunk and in crown.

Looks like: Callery pear - common pear - hawthorn
leaf flower fruit twig bark form map
Additional Range Information:
Malus spp. is planted in the USDA hardiness zones shown above and may seed into the landscape. See states reporting apple.
More: Fall Color
External Links:
USDA Plants Database
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