American Crabapple (Sweet Crabapple)

Malus corornaria

Crabapple: Full Tree - Click for larger image
  • Family: Rosaceae

  • Hybrid species very frequent thus identification of specific species difficult

  • American Crabapple has short trunk, several stout branches

  • American Crabapple remains short; reaches height around 4.5-9m (15-30’)
Twigs & Fruiting Structures
Distribution and Uses


  • Alternate with sharp teeth

  • Round or heart-shaped at base; 5-10cm (2-4”) in length

  • Leaf tip either heart-shaped or narrowly long-pointed

  • Yellow-green coloring from above; paler from below


Crabapple: Leaves - Click for larger image
Crabapple: Fruit - Click for larger image

Twigs & Fruiting Structures



  • Grey, scaly, non-striped, vertically cracked

Distribution & Uses

  • 3 species of Crabapple found in the eastern United States: American (Sweet) Crabapple (Malus coronaria), Narrowleaf Crabapple (Malus angustifolia), and Praire Crabapple (Malus ioensis)

  • American Crabapple prefers moist soils, relatively open areas

  • Crabapples often planted for ornamentation; fruit used in preserves and cider

  • Cultivated apples often grafted onto Crabapple trees


Crabapple: Bark - Click for larger image