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Mike's Blog - Day 249

This nice little Crab Apple, Malus hupehensis.

Never made the blog when it flowered in spring. It was out done by much prettier things at the time. Nor did it make it when it had it usual small crop (half a dozen) of tiny bitter apples, although some years it can have a much better crop.

It’s in the blog now as we had to rescue it. As you can see, it had two main limbs but one had started to fall and it was in danger of splitting at the base, which would have meant the whole tree would be lost.

So we took the drastic action of cutting off the leaning limb.

There is still a final cut to make to finish it off, but I think we have saved it.

It’s quite a rare tree, reputed only 50 exist in the wild in North Korea. It was grown from seed that we obtained from a Romanian Botanic Garden in 1972.

The name “crab apple” is a very common name that I’m sure we are all aware of, but I wondered where it comes from, as there is nothing crablike about them. From what I can see it’s a very old name. Its origins seem to come from the Scottish term “Scrab” or “Scrabbe” which comes from a Norse source, i.e. the Vikings. Also there is Swedish “Skrabba”, meaning the fruit of the wild apple tree.