Tree identification from a field guide: the Pacific crab apple

The tutor shares yet another field find.

At the edge of a field across from my house stands a tree about 3m (10 ft) tall. I run that field; I’ve passed that tree hundreds of times, never knowing what kind it was. I’ve even thought, on occasion, that I should make the effort to find out; today, I finally have.

Connecting with my previous post, this tree’s leaves are deciduous; they’re already falling. Its fruits are berry-sized, but look like apples and taste like (sour) apples as well. It has sharp spurs poking out here and there from the trunk or larger limbs. Its leaves are toothed, but variable in shape, 5 to 10 cm long. The ones that are falling are red, yellow, or orange, consistent with the guide’s description.

Interestingly, the tree is not near a pond or stream, which is its typical ecology. However, it stands alone, possibly because it’s not in a typical setting.

I’ll be happy to share more of my field finds in coming posts:)

Source:

Pojar, Jim and Andy MacKinnon. Plants of Coastal British Columbia. Vancouver:
  BC Ministry of Forests and Lone Pine Publishing, 1994.

Jack of Oracle Tutoring by Jack and Diane, Campbell River, BC.

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