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Plum-leaved Crab Malus prunifolia (Rosaceae) HEIGHT to 10m. An upright tree, that becomes rather straggly when neglected or naturalised. BARK Greyish brown with striking fissures. BRANCHES Dense and irregularly divided. LEAVES Broadly oval and plum-like, to 7cm long, shiny above but rather hairy below when young. REPRODUCTIVE PARTS The flowers are up to 5cm across and pinkish, in dense clusters among terminal leaves on shoots. STATUS AND DISTRIBUTION Probably of E Asian origin. Planted rather infrequently in parks and gardens in Britain and Ireland, and very occasionally naturalised.
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