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Common Crabapple - Malus sylvestris
Other Names:  European Crabapple, Pyrus malus

Non-native Species

Global Rank: G5
State Rank: SNA

Agency Status
MNPS Threat Rank:
C-value: 1

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General Description
Tree to 10 meters. Younger branchlets sometimes hairy, often thorny. Leaf blades 2-6 cm long, ovate to elliptic, somewhat serrate, tips acuminate to cuspidate. Petals 8-20 mm long, whitish or pinkish. Fruits 1.5-2.5 cm in diameter, sour. (Adapted from: Welsh et al. 1993, A Utah Flora, 2nd ed.).

Introduced cultivated trees, often persisting and sometimes escaping.

Range Comments
Escaping erractically across parts of US.

Observations in Montana Natural Heritage Program Database
Number of Observations: 7

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Disturbed areas, cultivated areas, abandoned homesteads.

  • Additional ReferencesLegend:   View Online Publication
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    • Lesica, P., M. T. Lavin, and P. F. Stickney. 2012. Manual of Montana Vascular Plants. Fort Worth, TX: BRIT Press. viii + 771 p.
    • Little, E.L., Jr. 1979. Checklist of United States trees (native and naturalized). Agriculture Handbook No. 541. U.S. Forest Service, Washington, D.C. 375 pp.
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