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Dessert, cooking and ornamental apples all belong to the same genus of which there are about 35 species and innumerable cultivars. Although crab apples are grown most regularly in the ornamental garden, eating apple trees can also be very decorative both when in blossom and when in fruit and are worth considering for their dual purpose. Crab apples, however, tend to be more decorative, some of them adding autumn colour to their attractions or spring or early-summer blossom and autumn fruits. Many of the crab apples can be used in the kitchen, especially in making jellies but are often too sharp to eat uncooked. Not all the species of malus produce fruit large enough to be called crab apples or to be used in any way. However, they are still very well worth growing for their colourful blossom that varies from white through various shades of pink to purple and red. Many also have good autumn tints. Crab apples are often chosen for the colour of their fruit that varies from gold to red. The fruit is useful for attracting birds to the garden. Many of the crab apples grow on small stock and so are suitable for small gardens. Most cultivars are grafted.

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