Malus florentina

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Malus florentina (Zuccagni) C.K.Schneid.

Rosaceae

Life form: tree

Exposure: sun   6

Moisture: moderately moist bis Moisture: moist

Soil: sandy loam

Arrangement: alternate
Leaves: decidious

Shape: ovate

Division: simple

         

Shape: five-stellate
Fruit: pome

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Inflorescence: corymb

Petals: not specified
Habit: not specified

Canopy: rounded to broadly spreading

Taxonomy

Divisio:
Magnoliophyta
Subdivisio:
Magnoliophytina
Classis:
Rosopsida
Subclassis:
Rosidae
Superordo:
Rosanae
Ordo:
Rosales

Malus florentina, commonly known as hawthorn leaved crab apple, is a tree.

Naming

Taxonomy

Malus florentina is a species in the genus Malus which contains approximately 43 to 76 species and belongs to the family of the Rosaceae (Rose Family). The type species of the genus is Malus sylvestris.

Characteristics

Growth

The trees have a rounded to broadly spreading canopy and reach heights of 6 to 8 metres.

Wood and Bark

Leaves

Malus florentina is deciduous. The green, simple leaves are alternate. They are ovate, serrate and petiolate. They turn an attractive orange to red in autumn.

Flowers and Fruits

Malus florentina produces corymbs of white five-stellate flowers from May to June.

The trees carry red pomes.

Root System

Distribution

Malus florentina is native to Italy and the Balkan Peninsula.

Cultivation

The trees prefer a sunny situation on fresh to moist soil. The substrate should be sandy loam. They tolerate temperatures down to -23°C (USDA zone 6).

Uses

Maintenance and Propagation

Cultivars

Pests and Diseases

Literature

  • Walter Erhardt, Erich Götz, Nils Bödeker, Siegmund Seybold: Der große Zander. Eugen Ulmer KG, Stuttgart 2008, ISBN 978-3-8001-5406-7. (Ger.)
  • Christoper Brickell (Editor-in-chief): RHS A-Z Encyclopedia of Garden Plants. Third edition. Dorling Kindersley, London 2003, ISBN 0-7513-3738-2.

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