Crab apple - Malus sylvestris

The apples in my garden are looking rosy and should be ready to eat in a few weeks, but this piece is an illustration of the native wild apple, or crab apple - Malus sylvestris. I've shown as many aspects of its lifecycle as possible to give you a full impression of its character throughout the seasons. I hope you like it!

This involved many sketches, specimens, photos and dissections to try and capture all the different parts of the plant that I wanted to include in the final piece.

The main difference between the cultivated apple and this wild relative are that the crab apple fruits are smaller and more bitter.