May. 12, 2018

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More later!  It's time to leave for an Ives work day.

Back from the work day early.  Being able to see approaching storms on the cell may be bad for work days, but overall its OK with me.  So, on to crabapple complexities.  In Michigan, we have identified three species, as well as apples, that have spread to the wild.  They all cross with each other, and with whatever crabs are cultivated.  They only rarely cross with native Malus.  The result is an amazing array of variation.  Flowers range from white to purple, and from 3/8 to a little over an inch across.  Fruit can be yellow, orange, red, purple or green, or mixes of those.  Fruit can be as small as a quarter inch, or larger than an inch.  They are mostly round, but occasionally oblong.  Other variations occur in peduncles, leaves, and habit.  Shown here is a wild tree that appears very close to the cultivated variety "Purple Prince".