Orchard Apple - Malus domestica
Tree growing to 7 meters usually grown domestically for its edible fruit.
Crab Apple (Malus sylvestris) is similar, but Orchard Apple (Malus pumila) has hairy leaf undersurfaces and petioles and larger fruit, whereas Crab Apple (Malus sylvestris) has glabrous leaves, small fruits and occasional thorns.
Found as an escape from cultivation in various habitats.
Flowers in April.
Widespread as an escape from cultivation in Britain.
Occasional as an escape from cultivation in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.
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