Four crabapple species grow in North America.
The Pacific crabapple, Malus fusca, grows on the western coast and has more genetic similarity to the wild apples of China than to the other American crabapples that grow in the east, suggesting spread of Malus fusca across a land corridor from origins in China.
Growing on the edge of water, this apple has particular significance for the Indigenous People who for centuries have lived along Canada’s western shore.
‘Pacific Crabapple: Food, Tools, Medicine and Magic‘ investigates how the First Nations Peoples of Canada have used fruit and wood of the Pacific crabapple.
Apple Story No. 21 published on 26th November 2021