Malus spectabilis

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Standard Cyclopedia of Horticulture

Pyrus spectabilis, Ait. (Malus spectabilis, Borkh. M. sinensis, Dum.). Chinese Flowering Apple. Fig. 3292. Small tree, with darker - colored fls. than those of the apple (the opening fl.-buds almost coral- red), and blooming earlier, making an erect vase-like head: lvs. narrower, oval to oval-oblong, slender- stalked, nearly glabrous on both surfaces or becoming so, usually more closely serrate than those of the apple : pedicels and calyx-tube nearly or quite glabrous: fr. roundish or round- oval, without a cavity at the base, reddish yellow, sour. Probably China and Japan, although unknown wild and very little grown in those countries although well known in cult, in Eu.: the plant called by this name in Japan is probably P. Halliana or P. microma- lus. B.M. 267. L.B.C. 18:1729. Gn. 21, p. 46. Gng. 3:273. G.F. 1:272.—A very handsome early- blooming tree, of which the double-fld. and semi-double forms are most prized. P. Malus itself has been disseminated under the name of P. spectabilis. Hardy in the northern states. Var. Riversii, Booth, has very large half-double bright rose-red fls.

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