During the early 1900’s exploring the thickets of Sichuan in SW China Ernest Wilson introduced Malus hupehensis. Now a broad multi-stemmed tree with an eight meter wide canopy. Full of delicate pink blossom. The buds open from deep pink to blush white. Wilson considered this to the finest deciduous flowering tree he introduced.
Each flower held on a long (40mm) stalk increasing the spread of colour through the tree. On a cold breezy day the hope of appreciating the delicate scent given off by the blossom is negligible; but with a touch of warmth from the sun the faint musky scent will be noticed.
Initially classified as M. theifera as the young leaves were known to be picked and infused as a tea in China.