Orchard Apple - Malus domestica


    Tree growing to 7 meters usually grown domestically for its edible fruit.

    Similar Species

    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.

    Identification difficulty

    Found as an escape from cultivation in various habitats.

    When to see it

    Flowers in April.

    Life History


    UK Status

    Widespread as an escape from cultivation in Britain.

    VC55 Status

    Occasional as an escape from cultivation in Leicestershire and Rutland. It was not recorded in the 1979 Flora survey of Leicestershire.

    Leicestershire & Rutland Map

    MAP KEY:

    Yellow squares = NBN records (all known data)
    Coloured circles = NatureSpot records: 2020+ | 2015-2019 | pre-2015

    UK Map