Official State Flowers of the United States
Malus (Pyrus) coronaria - Apple Blossom
Malus (Pyrus) coronaria – Apple Blossom
Arkansas State Flower – In 1901, the Arkansas General Assembly designated the apple blossom—Malus (Pyrus) coronaria —the official floral emblem of Arkansas, the second state to adopt the bloom (Michigan was the first).
Malus coronaria often is a bushy shrub with rigid, contorted branches, but frequently becomes a small tree up to 10 meters (33 feet) tall, with a broad open crown. It prefers rich moist soil. Its flowering time is about two weeks later than that of the domestic apple, and its fragrant fruit clings to the branches on clustered stems long after the leaves have fallen.