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Apple Tree

Malus domestica

Description:

The apple forms a tree that is small and deciduous, reaching 3 to 12 metres (9.8 to 39 ft) tall, with a broad, often densely twiggy crown.[4] The leaves are alternately arranged simple ovals 5 to 12 cm long and 3–6 centimetres (1.2–2.4 in) broad on a 2 to 5 centimetres (0.79 to 2.0 in) petiole with an acute tip, serrated margin and a slightly downy underside. Blossoms are produced in spring simultaneously with the budding of the leaves. The flowers are white with a pink tinge that gradually fades, five petaled, and 2.5 to 3.5 centimetres (0.98 to 1.4 in) in diameter. The fruit matures in autumn, and is typically 5 to 9 centimetres (2.0 to 3.5 in) in diameter. The center of the fruit contains five carpels arranged in a five-point star, each carpel containing one to three seeds, called pips.[4]

Habitat:

Apples were brought to North America by European colonists, and according to the well-known story, spread throughout the Midwestern states by Johnny Appleseed in the 1800s.

Notes:

Growing near the "Big Red Apple" monument at the depot in Cornelia, GA Listed on Nonnative Invasive Species in Southern Forest and Grassland Ecosystems - http://www.invasive.org/species/list.cfm...

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Cornelia, Georgia, USA

Spotted on Apr 13, 2013
Submitted on Apr 15, 2013

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