Plantidote of the Day 2012-04-19
Malus hybrida "Katherine"
Discovered in 1928 as a chance seedling in Rochester, NY. This tree produces small 1/4" diameter fruit that matures in the fall and will persist into winter, to the delight of birds everywhere.
From family Rosaceae, yes same as regular roses, it has a spreading canopy and a slight tendency towards a weeping form. Fragrantly lovely in the Spring, come Autumn the leaves turn into a bright, showy orange/red. The bark is distinctive with a silvery cracked look, as Lex pointed out on my earlier mystery tree, which was probably a cherry.