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A small tree, rarely seen more than 10 to 15 ft high, sometimes a low shrub, but said by Sargent to become 30 ft high in the wild; branches arching or pendulous; young shoots downy the first year. Leaves dull green, very variable in shape, and either narrowly oval, ovate, deeply three-lobed, or of some intermediate shape; they are 1 to 21⁄2 in. long, sharply, irregularly, and often coarsely toothed, downy on both sides, but especially beneath, tapering at the base to a downy stalk 1⁄4 to 3⁄4 in. long. Flowers pale pink to deep rose, 3⁄8 in. in diameter, produced during April in clusters of three to six, each flower on a downy, slender, almost thread-like stalk 3⁄4 to 1 in. long. Fruits globose, the size of a small pea, red or brownish yellow, with no calyx-lobes at the top.
Native of Japan; introduced by Siebold in 1856, and a small tree of very graceful habit, distinct among crabs for its variable, often deeply cut leaves, and its tiny fruits (see also M. sargentii and M. × zumi). It is allied to M. floribunda, but is not so valuable a garden tree, its blossoms being shorter lived.
For the epithet ‘toringo’ used by Siebold, see under M. prunifolia var. rinki.
M. ringo f. sublobata Dipp