Malus sylvestris

Malus sylvestris
Malus sylvestris
Malus sylvestris

Plant type

ShrubsSmall tree

Common name
Melo selvatico




  • Shrubs
  • Small tree

    Sun Exposition

  • Sun

    Leaf Persistance

  • Deciduous

    Flower Colour

  • White
  • Pink

    Flowering Period

  • 04-April
  • 05-May

    Climatic Zone

  • 6

    Continent of Origin

  • Asia

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Origin: Europe.

Botanical characteristics: It is a small slender tree, whose branches are sometimes prickly. It has ovate or elliptical leaves with saw-like margins, have no down and have a long reddish petiole. The plant has five-petalled white or pink flowers, which are clustered in inflorescences of 3-7 flowers, having the shape of an umbrella. It blooms in May. It has yellow sour fruits with orange-red hues, 2-3 cm long.

Agronomic and environmental characteristics: It is widespread in the broadleaved sub-Mediterranean woodlands, that is why it is rarely cultivated. It can adapt to any type of soils but prefers the slightly acid ones.

Use: It is not used as an ornamental plant. It is used to reforest and restock the wildlife for its tasty fruits. It is used as a rootstock for the cultivation of Malus domestica.