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Ting Zhou, Hao Jiang, Wangxiang Zhang, Donglin Zhang, Junjun Fan, Quanquan Zhang, Guibin Wang, and Fuliang Cao

Crabapples (Malus spp.) are small trees and shrubs in the rose family that are valued for their various types of flowers (single, semi-double, and double forms in shades of purple, red, pink, and white), colorful, small fruits (≤5 cm; primarily purple, red, pink, orange, yellow, and green), and diverse growth habits (columnar, fastigiate, upright, spreading, drooping, weeping) (UPOV, 2003; Wyman, 1955). They also have an added advantage of wide environmental adaptability, thus facilitating their worldwide prominence as the focal points of landscapes and gardens. Although nearly 1200 Malus taxa are recorded in

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Ting Zhou, Hao Jiang, Donglin Zhang, Junjun Fan, Long Zhang, Guibin Wang, Wangxiang Zhang, and Fuliang Cao

Crabapples (Malus spp.) are small trees and shrubs in the rose family, and are valued for their charming flowers (single, semidouble, and double forms in shades of purple, red, pink, white); colorful, small fruits (≤5 cm; primarily purple, red, pink, orange, yellow, and green); and diverse growth habits (columnar, fastigiate, upright, spreading, drooping, weeping) (UPOV, 2003; Wyman, 1955). As a result of these desirable attributes, their rich cultural heritage, and wide environmental adaptability, crabapples have been widely cultivated in China’s landscape and gardens, and are popular worldwide. Although nearly 1200 crabapple cultivars are recorded

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Junjun Fan, Wangxiang Zhang, Donglin Zhang, Ting Zhou, Hao Jiang, Guibin Wang, and Fuliang Cao

Flowering crabapple is the broad-sense term for plants from the genus Malus (Rosaceae) that have a small fruit diameter (≤5 cm). They have colorful, attractive blossoms (purple, red, pink, white, etc.) as well as fruits of outstanding ornamental value of purple, red, pink, orange, yellow, and green, among others (Fiala, 1994). Because of their rich cultural heritage and strong environmental adaptability, flowering crabapples have been widely cultivated in our landscapes and gardens. In China, flowering crabapples, peonies, plum flowers, and orchids have been elected as the four greatest spring blossoms (Wang, 2010). Unlike some