Crab apples ~ Malus sylvestris ~ The wildlife garden

Malus sylvestris is a deciduous tree growing to 10 m and they are part of the Rosaceae family. They flower in April – May and provide nectar and pollen.  The flowers are popular with solitary bees such as Mining bees (Andrena sp), Halictus bees, Mason bees (Osmia)

Malus sylvestris

but also with  Honeybees and Bumblebees.

The fruits are eating by Thrushes and the leaves support a huge number of insects: bugs, aphids, sawflies, micro moths, macro moths, beetles. As is the case with so many native trees: insects have had thousands of years to evolve with the trees. A great tree for the wildlife garden and beautiful to look at. Malus sylvestris in flower

Archeobotanical findings revealed that this tree has been growing in the Netherlands some 8000 years b.C. Fruits and seeds were found dating back to the Mesolithic so we can say that this truly is a native species.

Unfortunately, the real Malus sylvestris is quite rare, fewer than 250 individual trees remain in the Benelux. There are a lot of hybrids though.

Malus sylvestris

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One Response to Crab apples ~ Malus sylvestris ~ The wildlife garden

  1. Interesting and I suppose the cultivated apple has taken over quite a biodiversity role. Have just been given 6 different types of Apple from a friends Eco orchard. Worms and all!

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