Malus spectabilis

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Malus spectabilis
Malus spectabilis - Riversii - River's crabaple.JPG
Scientific classification
Kingdom: Plantae
(unranked): Angiosperms
(unranked): Eudicots
(unranked): Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Malus
Species: M. spectabilis
Binomial name
Malus spectabilis
(Aiton) Borkh.

Malus spectabilis (Chinese: 海棠, p hǎitáng) is a species of crabapple known by the common names Asiatic apple,[1] Chinese crab,[2] and Chinese flowering apple.

It is endemic to China, and native within the Provinces of Hebei, Jiangsu, Liaoning, Qinghai, Shaanxi, Shandong, Sichuan, Yunnan, and Zhejiang.[3]


Malus spectabilis has white or pink flowers, depending on the variety. The fruit is yellow and about 2 centimeters wide.

It is cultivated as an ornamental tree, especially popular in China.

Malus spectabilis flowering in the Jardin des Plantes, Paris.
Malus spectabilis fruits at ELTE Botanical Gardens in Budapest


  1. ^ "Malus spectabilis". Natural Resources Conservation Service PLANTS Database. USDA. Retrieved 27 January 2016. 
  2. ^ "BSBI List 2007". Botanical Society of Britain and Ireland. Archived from the original (xls) on 2015-02-25. Retrieved 2014-10-17. 
  3. ^ NPGS/GRIN: Malus spectabilis

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