Southern Crabapple - Malus angustifolia
Widely distributed from Virginia south to the Florida Panhandle and west to Texas, this small crabapple most frequently grows in moist areas in association with pines and hardwoods. It grows rapidly and is short-lived and has been used historically as an ornamental. The bark is scaly with narrow ridges, the trunk is up to 12 inches in diameter, and the crown is rounded. The alternate, elliptic leaves are serrated and clustered on the branches. The fragrant flowers are pink, borne in clusters, and up to an inch wide. The inch-wide fruit is yellowish with a hard flesh.