Similar species: Page is under construction. Please see link below for general information on the genus Malus.
Flowering: late April to late May
Habitat and ecology: Infrequent in woodland edges, clearings, and along fencerows. This species is most often found in the eastern and northern part of the Chicago Region, especially near Lake Michigan.
Occurence in the Chicago region: native
Etymology: Malus is the classic name for apple. Coronaria refers to garlands.
Author: The Morton Arboretum
From Flora of Indiana (1940) by Charles C. Deam
Found throughout the state in various kinds of soil of varying amounts of moisture. It generally grows in colonies, mostly in open woodland, clearings, and wood pastures and along roadsides and fences. The genus Malus of the "Trees of Indiana" was written by W. W. Eggleston. A careful restudy of my specimens convinces me that those using a local flora of this kind will be best served by regarding this species as polymorphic in many of its parts. Specimens can be found that show wide differences but these can be connected by intermediates. The synonymy of the species is involved and is omitted unless it applies to names used in "Trees of Indiana" by Deam. [Deam's treatment includes variety dasycalyx, a form in which the outer surface of the calyx is tomentose at flowering time.] Rehder says this variety also has the leaves paler beneath than the [full] species [Malus coronaria]. It occurs throughout the state with the species.