Rosaceae (Rose) Family
Plant is a shrub or small tree with a short trunk and open crown. Height is usually about 30 feet with a trunk diameter less than one foot. Preferred habitat is the edge of woods, valleys, slopes, thickets, roadsides and stream banks. Distribution is throughout the Escambia region.
Leaves are about 2-1/2 inches long and 1/2 inch wide on slender leaf stalks; oblong and widest at the middle; usually blunt at the tip; wavy saw-toothed and hairy when young; dull green above and paler beneath; turns brown in autumn.
Flowers are about 1-1/4 inches broad with five rounded pink petals; in clusters on long stalks; fragrant. Flowers occur in the spring.
Fruit is a small pome (apple) that ripens in autumn.
First borne pink, the blossoms fade to white with age. The resulting fruit is called a 'pome' and it's just a miniature apple less than a golf ball size. It's a little tart, but a good treatment of sugar and it turns the best ever James and Jellies.
These are considered widespread along the southeast and Coastal Plain; however, they do skip the Mississippi flood plain. The shrub range is from Virginia to northern Florida, west to Louisiana and Texas and northward to Arkansas. The fruit is not only sought by humans but is a favorite of most wildlife.