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This species is a hybrid between the North American Malus fusca (Raf.) C.K. Schneid. and the introduced Domestic Apple. It forms an upright, densely twiggy tree with a rounded crown. Leaves 4–9 cm long, elliptic to oblong and unlobed; excellent autumn colour. Flowers white, 2.5–3.5 cm wide. Pome yellowish green to red, 4 × 2.5 cm, elliptic to oblong. Fiala 1994. Distribution USA: originally collected in Oregon. USDA Hardiness Zone 4. Illustration NT511. Cross-reference K285.
Despite praise for its autumnal colour (Fiala 1994) and its attractive elongated fruits Malus ×dawsoniana is not commonly grown, and is most likely to be found in specialist collections. There is an unhappy-looking specimen in the Hillier Gardens, measured at 6.4 m in 2004 (Sir Harold Hillier Gardens database), that would not encourage its wider cultivation.