Chinese apple tree
Malus hupehensis, known as the Chinese Apple or Tea Crab Apple, was found in the early 20th century by explorer and plant collector Ernest Wilson in the Hubei province of central and eastern China.Here, the leaves are still dried to make a refreshing, slightly bitter drink commonly known as black flower tea. The tree has an upright, spreading habit, and although it grows to a small size,slowly reaching 6-8 metres, it is prominent in gardens. As a member of the Rosaceae family, it is a deciduous tree with dark green leaves and large white flowers that turn pink in the second half of spring. Famous for its unmistakable small yellow to red wild apples, it is now sold and cultivated in all temperate climates around the globe, especially as an ornamental plant and is particularly popular in both public and private parks and gardens.