Apple Malus sylvestris
Family: Rosaceae (Rose)
Branching: Alternate
Other names: Pyrus malus

Due to its popularity as a fruit, the European Apple is commonly planted in orchards and yards, often escaping and becoming naturalized in many locations.  Its buds are covered in fine white hairs, especially near the tips, and often the twigs are hairy too.  Its young bark is orange and it usually has "dwarf shoots".  Unlike crabapple, these are not normally thorn-tipped.  Domestic Pear can look very similar to apple.

Winter twig of the common Apple

Another winter twig of Apple

End bud and lateral bud

Lateral bud and leaf scar

A particularly hairy twig on a young plant

Dwarf shoots are common on the branches

Close up of a dwarf shoot

Another dwarf shoot

Another dwarf shoot

Dwarf shoots on a main branch

Bark is usually orangish

Bark as it matures

The familiar fruit of the common Apple

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