Malus transitoria

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Malus transitoria
Malus transitoria RB1.JPG
Scientific classification edit
Kingdom: Plantae
Clade: Tracheophytes
Clade: Angiosperms
Clade: Eudicots
Clade: Rosids
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Malus
M. transitoria
Binomial name
Malus transitoria

Malus transitoria, the cut-leaf crabapple, is a species of flowering plant in the crabapple genus Malus of the family Rosaceae, native to China.

The Latin transitoria means "short-lived".[1] The name "cut-leaf" refers to the shape of the leaves.[2]


Fruits of Malus transitoria

Malus transitoria is a deciduous tree growing to 8 m (26 ft) tall by 10 m (33 ft) wide. The deeply divided leaves turn yellow in autumn.[2]

It produces abundant white flowers, and small yellow fruits 8 mm in diameter.[2]


Varieties include:[3]

  • Malus transitoria var. centralasiatica
  • Malus transitoria var. glabrescens
  • Malus transitoria var. transitoria


Malus transitoria is cultivated as an ornamental tree, for its elegant shape, abundant white blossoms, and yellow fruits. It has gained the Royal Horticultural Society's Award of Garden Merit.[4]

It is also used as rootstock for other apples.


  1. ^ Harrison, Lorraine (2012). RHS Latin for gardeners. United Kingdom: Mitchell Beazley. p. 224. ISBN 9781845337315.
  2. ^ a b c RHS A-Z encyclopedia of garden plants. United Kingdom: Dorling Kindersley. 2008. p. 1136. ISBN 978-1405332965.
  3. ^ "Malus transitoria". Flora of China. EFloras. Retrieved September 11, 2009.
  4. ^ "RHS Plant Selector - Malus transitoria". Retrieved 3 January 2021.