Common Name: Crabapple
Scientific Name: Malus sylvestris
Habitat: Deciduous Forests, Hedgerows
Height: Up to 30 feet
Light: Full sun to partial shade
Soil: Moist, Well drained
Other: Mildly poisonous
Description: The crabapple is a deciduous, flowering tree that can be identified by its beautiful white or pink flowers in the spring and its egg-shaped, slightly serrated leaves in the summer and fall. Its scientific name, which literally means “forest apple,” comes from its yellow, green, or red “apples” that grow in fall and provide food for woodland creatures. The crabapple prefers to grow in full sun, but can tolerate partial shade. This photo of a crabapple tree was taken in the Native Grass Meadow at Creasey Mahan Nature Preserve.