Taxonomy

Malus sylvestris | Crab Apple | Crann fia-úll

Distribution

Status

Conservation status

Not protected

Native status

Native

Species Biology

Identification

Flowers: May; clusters of pink or white flowers

Fruits: Small sour apple

Twigs & bark: Reddish/brown twigs; bark grey/brown/ purplish, flaky when mature

Adult habitat & habits

Hedgerows, woods, scrub and wasteland

Habitat

Hedgerows, woods, scrub and wasteland

Life cycle

Perennial

Ex-situ conservation

Living collection in the National Botanic Garden.

Use

Fruit/Food crop

Vegetative nature

Woody

Distribution

World distribution(GBIF)

Irish distribution

Locally frequent

Temporal change

Records submitted to Data Centre in 2021

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Further information

Wild crab apples have been used as food since antiquity. The pips are often found embedded in remnants of prehistoric cooking pots.

The apples are edible, but bitter, and can be used to make jelly  

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