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)
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.
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.