|A ROW OF CRAB APPLES...|
|...USED AS POLINATORS|
Apples and flowering crab apples are both in the genus Malus and therefore are so closely related that although they may not produce viable hybrids, the crab apples can be used to provide enough extra pollen to assure pollination of commercial apples, and they have been so used for many years. The common Asian crab apple, Malus baccata, was introduced into this country in the Nineteenth Century for that purpose, and that species has been hybridized with native North American and other Asian crab apples to produce the myriads of commercially available crab apple varieties. Technically, Malus is a sub-genus of Pyrus, the pear family. And the apple is often named scientifically as Pyrus malus. But, as our daughter Eva’s sixth grade class would say, “TMI! TMI!” (translation: Too Much Information! Too Much Information!).
The crab apples shown here are grown in rows in the apple orchards and make a very colorful display.