How to Identify Crab Apple Leaves

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How to Identify Crab Apple Leaves
Help determine a tree as a crabapple by looking at its leaves. (Brand X Pictures/Brand X Pictures/Getty Images)

Properly identifying the plant in your yard as a crab apple tree can make the difference between a flourishing specimen and a malnourished disaster. Making the determination that it is a crab apple tree doesn't have to be a guessing game, however. In fact there are a number of visual clues revealed in the leaves of the tree that make identification simple and accurate.

Skill level:
Moderately Easy

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  1. 1

    Determine the size of the tree's leaves. A crab apple tree has leaves that are typically 4 to 8cm in length.

  2. 2

    Identify the shape of the leaves. The leaves on a crab apple tree are oblong or even oval in shape.

  3. 3

    Feel the underside of the leaves. A young crab apple tree has leaves with a downy underside.

  4. 4

    Look at the tip and sides of the leaves. A crab apple tree will have leaves with pointed tips and jagged, toothed edges.

  5. 5

    Determine the colour. A crab apple tree has light green leaves in the spring and darker green in the summer into fall.

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