Malus hupehensis

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Malus hupehensis
Malus hupehensis at Treborth.jpg
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Malus
M. hupehensis
Binomial name
Malus hupehensis
(Pamp.) Rehder 1933 not Koidz. 1934
  • Malus domestica var. hupehensis (Pamp.) Likhonos
  • Malus theifera Rehder
  • Pyrus hupehensis Pamp. 1910
  • Pyrus theifera (Rehder) Cardot
  • Pyrus theifera (Rehder) L.H.Bailey

Malus hupehensis, common names Chinese crab apple,[3] Hupeh crab[4] or tea crabapple, is a species of flowering plant in the apple genus Malus of the family Rosaceae.[1][5]

It is native to China.[6]


Malus hupehensis is a vigorous deciduous tree growing to 12 metres (39 feet) tall and broad.

It has pink buds, opening to fragrant white blossoms in spring. It produces bright red, cherry-sized crab-apples in the autumn.[7]


Malus is the ancient Latin name for apple trees.[8]

Hupehensis means 'from Hubei province, China'. 'Hubei' was formerly spelled 'Hupeh' or 'Hupei' in English.[8]


The plant is cultivated as an ornamental tree, for planting in gardens. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[9]


  1. ^ a b Rhodes, L.; Maxted, N. (2016). "Malus hupehensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. 2016: e.T34901A50670723. doi:10.2305/IUCN.UK.2016-3.RLTS.T34901A50670723.en. Retrieved 12 November 2021.
  2. ^ The Plant List, Malus hupehensis (Pamp.) Rehder
  3. ^ USDA, NRCS (n.d.). "Malus hupehensis". The PLANTS Database ( Greensboro, North Carolina: National Plant Data Team. Retrieved 27 January 2016.
  4. ^ BSBI List 2007 (xls). Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-06-26. Retrieved 2014-10-17.
  5. ^ Rehder, Alfred. 1933. Journal of the Arnold Arboretum 14(3): 207
  6. ^ Flora of China, Malus hupehensis (Pampanini) Rehder, 1933. 湖北海棠 hu bei hai tang
  7. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 978-1405332965.
  8. ^ a b Gledhill, David (2008). "The Names of Plants". Cambridge University Press. ISBN 9780521866453 (hardback), ISBN 9780521685535 (paperback). pp 205, 249
  9. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Malus hupehensis". Retrieved 3 January 2021.

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