Malus Fimbriata is an unusual and distinctive crab-apple.
Most crab-apples have single flowers (with a relatively small number of petals) but the flowers of Malus Fimbriata have a profusion of petals, rivalling some of the showiest of the flowering cherries.
The flowers can be very large by crab-apple standards, and have a subtle fragrance, reminscent of roses.
The flower colour is also a bit different, being peach-pink rather than the more usual rose-pink of most crab-apples.
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Like other forms of the Prarie Crab species, Malus Fimbriata flowers relatively late in the crab apple blossom season. It does not always produce fruitlets and is possibly not self-fertile. Unusually for a crab-apple, it is not a good pollinator of mainstream apple trees either.
Malus Fimbriata belongs to the crab-apple species Malus ioensis, known as the Prairie Crab, a native of the central plains for North America.
It was discovered as a chance seedling growing in Rochester, New York, by Bernard Slavin and named by his son. It is sometimes known as the Fringe Petal Crabapple, on account of its spectacular blossom.
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