Crab Apple is a small to medium-sized deciduous tree with a spreading, rounded canopy and bushy habit. The bright-green leaves are oval. Beautiful pinkish-white flowers, very nectar-rich and attractive to pollinators, appears in May. The flowers is also very rich in pollen, and will pollinate other apple varieties . The tiny crab apples, 1”/2.5cm across, are yellowish-green, sometimes flushed with red. The fruit can be roasted and served with meat or added to ales or punches. More commonly, it is used to make crab apple jelly and as a natural source of pectin for setting jams.
The pinkish hardwood has an even texture and makes good quality timber, very good for carving and turning. It also makes a sweetly scented firewood, prized for smoking fish. Traditionally, a yellow dye was extracted from the bark to colour wool.