Malus fusca, Western Crabapple, Pacific Northwest Native Plants, Oregon Native Tree, Sparrowhawk Native Plants, Portland

Western Crabapple

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Malus fusca

  • Size at maturity: 30' tall, 25' wide
  • Canopy layer: small tree
  • Light requirements: full sun, part-sun/part-shade
  • Moisture requirements: moist to wet soil
  • Growth rate: medium
  • Special features: supports hummingbirds, wildlife favorite

The Western Crabapple has interesting features from spring to fall. In the spring, small pinkish white fragrant blossoms hang in clusters. By mid—summer, 3/4” long crabapples appear. The fruits, which are quite sour but appealing to birds and animals, turn yellow in the fall. The leaves also provide fall color, with shades of orange and bright red. (Portland Plant List, 2016)

Photo Credit: "malus fusca" by M. Martin Vicente is licensed under CC BY 2.0