Malus prunifolia is a species of apple tree known by the common names pear-leaf and plum-leaf crabapple, Chinese apple and Chinese crabapple.It is native to China, and is grown elsewhere for use as an ornamental tree or as rootstock. It reaches from between 3 and 8 meters tall and bears white flowers and yellow or red fruit.
A decidious Tree growing to 8 m (26ft) by 8 m (26ft). It is hardy to zone 3 and is not frost tender. It is in flower from Apr to May, and the seeds ripen in October. It is noted for attracting wildlife. The plant can grow in heavy clay soil. It can tolerate drought.
Edible Uses: Fruit - raw or cooked. A bitter flavour. Fruits we have tasted have been astringent rather than bitter,though some cultivars and forms are not at all bitter. A fruit of the species, tasted at Kew in October 1991, had asweet pleasant taste, was mealy and of low acidity.
The fruit can be used fresh or in preserves etc. The fruit is about20mm in diameter, though some forms are considerably larger. Other Uses: This species is an excellent stock for grafting apple trees.