Visitors come to Taiziwan Park mainly for cherry blossoms and tulips, but Chinese flowering apples in neighboring scenic areas are also great options for them. Commonly known as “flower of immortal,” “flower of imperial concubine,” and “flower of dignity,” a few types of Chinese flowering apples are grown in the Viewing Fish at Flower Harbor scenic area. The area also introduces some crabapple species from North America, and they are also in full blooms.
How do we tell the difference between each crabapple species?
Japanese crabapple is very distinguishable, as it is only about one meter tall, while other crabapples are taller. Japanese crabapple has thorns on its stalk. Bark of new branches is rough, which will turn into hard marks in the second year. Japanese crabapples are grown in front of the teahouse at the south gate of the scenic area, Tianyuan Terrace of Taiziwan Park and Liushui Bridge of Turtle Pond.
Midget crabapple, hall crabapple and American begonia all have umbrella-shape inflorescence. To distinguish the three types of crabapples, look at their stalks. Hall crabapple has thinner, longer stalk, which is a little drooping. The other two types of crabapples don’t have drooping stalks. Hall crabapple flowers are mainly grown near the Mayor Woods near Yuhu Bay and Liushui Bridge.
Midget crabapple and American begonia are different in leaves and flower colors. Midget crabapples have green leaves, but flower color is lighter. American begonia usually has red or purple leaves, and flower color is heavy.
Midget crabapples are mainly grown in the west of Jiangzhuang. American begonia are grown in Majiawan, Zhejiang Hotel near Santaishan Road.