Vascular Plants of North Carolina
Account for Common Apple - Malus domestica   (Suckow) Borkhausen
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Author(Suckow) Borkhausen
DistributionMostly the Mountains; scattered in the Piedmont, rare in the Coastal Plain and Outer Banks (Salter Path on Emerald Isle). The website editors have not mapped occurrences from old homesites, orchards, cultivated, or "persistent" plants.

Native of Asia; in N.A. essentially throughout.
AbundanceFairly common to frequent in the Mountains, uncommon in the Piedmont, rare in the Coastal Plain.
HabitatOld fields, roadsides, near streams, edges of woods, thickets, disturbed maritime forest (Salter Path), railroad yard.
PhenologyFlowering April-May.
IdentificationCommon Apple grows to be a small tree. The leaves are densely pubescent in bud and permanently so beneath. The twigs lack thorns; the flowers are large and white. Everyone knows the fruits!
Taxonomic CommentsSynonyms include M. pumila and Pyrus malus. It had long been named as M. pumila, but Weakley (2022) gives reasons why the name is to be returned to M. domestica.

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State RankSE
Global RankG5
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