Malus florentine features simple bright white flowers, which turn into clusters of small fruitlets in the autumn.
The most distinctive feature of this species is the deeply serrated pale green leaves. They turn golden orange in the autumn.
Seen in isoloation the combination of tiny berry-like fruitlets and the strangely serrated leaves can resemble the appearance of a cluster of redcurrants.
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Malus florentine is susceptible to fire blight but this disease is very rarely found on trees in the UK.
Malus florentine is an unusual species of crab-apple, sometimes known as the Hawthorn-leaf Crab on account of its hawthorn-like leaves. It is native to south-eastern Europe.
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