The big tree at the top of the herbaceous
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
The fruits like all crab apples are rich in pectin and can be
made into jelly.
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.