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Malus hupehensis

Malus Hupehensis

The big tree at the top of the herbaceous lawn

Malus is an ancient Latin name for an apple tree; hupehensis refers to Hupeh province in China, where this species was found by Ernest Willson who introduced it to UK in 1910. It is native to China and Japan.

The young leaves of this species can be dried for brewing as a herbal tea, a use that is reflected in one of its common name -  tea crabapple.

This vigorous, spreading tree has  fragrant white flowers in mid- and late spring, followed by cherry-like red fruits in autumn.

The fruits like all crab apples are rich in pectin and can be made into jelly.

AGM LogoAGM  (Royal Horticultural Society Award of Garden Merit).  This award indicates that this plant is recommended by the RHS following plant trials during which the plant met strict criteria testing its garden worthiness.  More information