crab apple  tree

Above and centre: crab
apples in Inner Temple Gardens.

Trees of London
The Inns of Court

Crab Apple

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              The crab apple is the definitive apple tree, the mother of them all. It is the wild tree from which all breeds of commercial, tasty, sharp, refreshing apples are derived. However, at first glance of the fruit in the summer, they could easily be mistaken for cherries. It takes, though, just one bite, they are edible though a bit bitter, to show that they have apple flesh, texture and seeds. Other factors which distinguish the tree are its flaky bark, and smaller, rougher leaves.

The crab apple presents a rustic scene.

crab apple tree

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Tree Identification

Malus sylvestris:

alternate; veins: alternate; oval/round, pointed; a bit rough.

crab apple leaf
crab apple fruit

nuts/fruit: very small red apples; look more like cherries; bite into them to reveal apple structure; a bit bitter, but edible.

crab apple flowers

Flowers: conspicuous white/pink, but not as striking as with other fruit trees.

Crab apple bark bark:
rough, scaly.
grows to 10 metres; rounded crown.
general: very common in suburbs, and in gardens but rare in central London. The definitive apple tree and a native tree.

map of Inner Temple

There are two beside the north pathway
in Inner Temple Gardens
yellow: two crab apple trees.

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