Monday, December 5, 2011

Dripping with Fruit - Hall's Crabapple (Malus halliana)

Has a plant ever literally stopped you in your tracks?

I was driving along the East Route at the Morton Arboretum in Lisle, IL, when I was urged to pull over to the side of the road to get a closer look at this crabapple. Hall's Crabapple (Malus halliana) is a show-stopper at this time of year. It is just dripping with orange and yellow fruit that will catch your attention from a distance.

The birds have not touched this tree, I assume because it's native to China. They may eat the fruit as a last resort in the dead of winter. While I find this to be a gorgeous tree, it is not available in the industry, possibly due to all those pomes (many people find them a nuisance). So we will just have to admire it at the Arboretum.


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