Q. Do you have a "Japanese tea apple tree" at NYBG?

I have what I was told to be a "Japanese tea apple tree". It is at least 45 years old and used to have a mate that bore fruit. I'm trying to replace the mate but can't find any at the local nurseries, and they don't even recognize the strain. John at Pound Ridge Nursery thinks it's a "Malus theiferum". Do you have something like that in your collection? If so I could confirm and continue my search. Any help would be greatly appreciated.

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I think it is Malus theifera, but the is referred to as Malus hupehensis (only one vendor may have it called Forest Farm Nursery (see below). We have a M. hupehensis listed on our living collections here at NYBG. The code G/059/B specifies its location here, which is the South Arb Crabapple Collection Central - which is opposite Daffodil Hill. Crabs are going out of flower now. I hope this helps.

http://www.forestfarm.com/product.php?id=2956

http://edis.ifas.ufl.edu/st400

 http://www.hort.uconn.edu/plants/m/malhup/malhup1.html

 

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  • Last Updated Apr 02, 2018
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  • Answered By Anita Finkle

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