|(Sweet) Crab Apple Tree
Pyrus coronaria or Malus coronaria
Description: The Sweet Crab Apple, or "Garland-tree," is commonly small and has a short trunk. The obvious distinct characteristic of this tree is its fruit of the apple. The apple is 2.5-3 cm (1-1.25 inches) in diameter, which is obviously smaller than a domestic apple you'd find in the supermarket. These apples are said to be either yellow-green, but can also be reddish. To make sure that a small apple is not actually a cherry, cut open the fruit and look for many seeds, not a pit.
Habitat: Found in old fields and thickets.
Location: The most commonly known tree is behind Spingold, in T-lot. If you hike to the Practice Field by the Commuter Rail, there are some smaller apple trees, and also some apple trees grow behind the upper Mods.
Use: The Crab Apple is usually too tart to eat raw, but the apples are good for making jellies and preserves.