Wild Kazakh Apple Tree - Malus sieversii  -

Wild Kazakh Apple Tree - Malus sieversii

Malus Sieversii is the most diverse and impressive species of wild apple. It originates from wild forests in central Asia that are slowly disappearing due to human intervention. This species has been found to be the key progenitor of today’s domesticated apples and each seed is a vast repository of genetic diversity.

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The apple

Malus sieversii as it grows in the forests where these seeds were sourced, is a completely wild apple. Unlike other wild species they can reach sizes comparable with domesticated apples. In their forests, every possible characteristic imaginable in an apple is present, sometimes varying even on the same tree, and the seeds contain all this genetic diversity. The apples produced by these seedlings may be big or small; red, yellow, green, or any colour in between; exquisite in flavour or mouth curdling. The species’ tremendous genetic diversity in its native habitat makes it largely impossible to accurately predict characteristics.

The tree

The Malus sieversii tree, like the apple, comes in a multitude of shapes and sizes. In general its appearance and growth habit will be wilder than that of domesticated varieties. Height generally ranges from 5 to 12 metres and the majority of specimens will have red fall foliage. Many but not all specimens in test orchard plantations have shown unusual resistance to disease and pests. Their immense range of genetic information makes them very interesting as pollinators.

Its Origins

Malus Sieversii originates from wild fruit forests encompassing parts of Kazakhstan, Kyrgyzstan, Tajikistan, Uzbekistan, and western China. These forests are slowly disappearing as a result of human intervention, making it all the more important to spread the genetic diversity that exists there. Its key role in the development of the cultivated apples that we see in stores today began with traders on the silk road taking these apples along with them and thus spreading their seeds into new areas where they went on to combine their genetics with those of the local species, largely the European crabapples, Malus sylvestris. The results were the first varieties of truly cultivated apples and the beginning of apple culture, as we know it today. Our trees are seedlings from selected trees in the forests of Kazakhstan with notably interesting fruit.

Height at maturity5-12 meters (15-40 feet)
Hardiness zone2
SoilWell drained
Sun / shadeFull sun
FloweringEarly May
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Latin nameMalus sieversii
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