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Malus pumila

Common Names: Apple Tree, Common Apple
Malus pumila
Malus pumila

Scientific Classification

Kingdom: Plantae
Phylum: Tracheophyta
Class: Magnoliopsida
Order: Rosales
Family: Rosaceae
Genus: Malus
Species: Malus pumila

Conservation Status

Identifying Features

Common apple trees are small, growing up to 35 feet tall. Their bark is brown-gray and scaly.

The leaves are alternate and simple, 1-4" long, and egg-shaped. They’re round-toothed, and have hairy undersides. In the fall, they turn yellow.

Habitat & Range

Native to Eurasia, these trees were introduced to North America. They are still common in old fields and abandoned orchards.

Life Cycle

The fruit is easily recognizable, and often a yellow to red color.

Featured image by James Dake.


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