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Species Description

Stace 4:

Maulus domestica (Suckow) Borkh. (M. pumila Mill., M. sylvestris ssp. mitis (Wallr.) Mansf.) - Apple.

Tree to 10(18)m, not spiny; similar to M. sylvestris but larger in most parts; leaves ≤15cm, hairy on lowerside, with relatively shorter petiole; fruit ≤12cm, variously coloured; (2n=34). Archaeophyte-denizen or -cultivated; much grown and often naturalised in hedges, scrub and waste ground; throughout British Isles and much commoner than M. sylvestris; garden origin. Self-sown plants usually have small, yellowish, sour fruits.


  • Mature fruits rarely <2cm, the sepals persistent; pedicel shorter than fruit
  • Leaves hairy on lowerside; pedicels and outside of calyx hairy