Malus hupehensis

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Malus hupehensis
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Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Malus
Species: 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.[5][6]

It is native to China.[7]


Malus hupehensis is a vigorous deciduous tree growing to 12 m (39 ft) 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.[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. ^ IUCN (2016). "Malus hupehensis". IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Version 2016.3. International Union for Conservation of Nature. Retrieved 26 November 2016. 
  2. ^ The Plant List, Malus hupehensis (Pamp.) Rehder
  3. ^ "Malus hupehensis". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  4. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-01-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  5. ^ World Conservation Monitoring Centre 1998. Malus hupehensis. 2006 IUCN Red List of Threatened Species. Downloaded on 22 August 2007.
  6. ^ Rehder, Alfred. 1933. Journal of the Arnold Arboretum 14(3): 207
  7. ^ Flora of China, Malus hupehensis (Pampanini) Rehder, 1933. 湖北海棠 hu bei hai tang
  8. ^ RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 1405332964. 
  9. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Malus hupehensis". Retrieved 24 May 2013. 

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