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AMERICAN CRAB, WILD CRAB, SWEET CRAB
R. W. Smith
Rich deciduous forests and borders to dry oak-hickory or (Oscoda Co.) jack pine savanna; stream banks, roadsides and fencerows, sandy prairie-like ground.
A variable species, sometimes with the parts nearly as pubescent as in M. ioensis, but the loose flocculent tomentum very quickly shed. In Malus, the thorns, when present, often bear full-sized leaves or leaf scars, and have a more knobby appearance than normally found in Crataegus, which this species (and M. ioensis) may superficially resemble. Unlike our Crataegus, the flowers are sweetly fragrant.