Wild Apple Blossom
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The Wild Apple or Crab-tree (Pyrus malus), is native to Britain and is the wild ancestor of all the cultivated varieties of apple trees. It was the stock on which were grafted choice varieties when brought from Europe, mostly from France. Apples of some sort were abundant before the Norman Conquest and were probably introduced into Britain by the Romans.
Some 22 varieties were mentioned by Pliny: there are now about 2,000 kinds cultivated.
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