Part of apple  genus Malus and rose  family Rosaceae and apple / berry / buckthorn / elm / hemp / rose  order Rosales.

Native to the central 🇺🇸 USA.

Uses by native peoples
(Ethnobotany database)

Malus hosts caterpillars of 311 species
of butterflies and moths, in some areas.

The apple blossom is the state flower of Michigan.   Planting info (SW Michigan) (.pdf) bloom dates (Illinois) (.pdf).

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