Belfast Botanic Gardens Tree Archive

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This series of short articles about trees in the Belfast Botanic Gardens is compiled by members of the Friends group and Gardens staff. We aim to build up to a comprehensive archive of trees in Belfast Botanic Gardens. Each article illustrates a tree growing in Belfast Botanic Gardens together with information from a range of sources. Where possible we will give the tree tag number - these are the small aluminium discs, usually fixed on the tree trunk, 2 to 3m above ground level.
Malus tschonoskii
Pillar apple or Chonosuki's crab

Tag 683
54 deg 34.942N
5 deg 55.841W

This crab apple species is rare in the wild but much planted for its Autumn colour and compact shape. The tree grows to about 17m with branches rising steeply to give the tree a conical shape. The leaves are large with serrated margins and an almost white downy back. They feel thick and leathery. The fruit is a small apple, about 2cm in diameter, mostly greenish with a reddish tinge. The apples are produced sparcely. The pillar apple was collected on Mount Fujiyama in Japan in 1897 by Sargent. It was awarded and RHS award of merit in 1962 and an award of garden merit in 1984.

Malus tschonoskii in Belfast Botanic Gardens

Malus tschonoskii leaf shape

Pillar apple tree in Belfast Botanic Gardens Thick, serrated, leaves and fruit of pillar apple
Malus tschonoskii leaves Malus tschonoskii fruit
Front and reverse of pillar apple leaves Fruit of pillar apple

Malus tschonoskii bark

Bark of pillar apple

Photos taken in Belfast Botanic Gardens in 2011. Copyright: Friends of Belfast Botanic Gardens.

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