Monday, 11 February 2019

Crabapple trees in blossom

Crabapple blossoms against blue sky.

Brilliant red flowers when opening, but violet later?

flowering crabapple tree Malus, the apples, are a genus of about 30–35 species of small deciduous trees or shrubs in the family Rosaceae.
The other species and subspecies are generally known as "wild apples", "crab apples", "crabapples" or "crabs".
The genus is native to the temperate zone of the Northern Hemisphere, in Europe, Asia and North America.
The crabapple (I.e. undomesticated) seems even more colourful than the domestic apples in which cross breeding of wild apples has aimed at larger and more palatable fruit.

Apples require cross-pollination between individuals by insects (typically bees, which freely visit the flowers for both nectar and pollen); all are self-sterile, and (with the exception of a few specially developed cultivars) self-pollination is impossible, making pollinating insects essential.

blossoming crabapple treeThe honeybee and mason bee are the most effective insect pollinators of apples. Malus species, including domestic apples, hybridize freely.

Also from Marty, the previous year:

Tags: trees, nature, photos, gardens, beauty, colours

1 comment :

  1. People can do lots to help pollinators. Any spare land, growbag or flowerpot can grow insect friendly plants and nesting habitat.
    #leadbyexample - in tune with #nature


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